BI Nutraceuticals has announced that its manufacturing facility in Islandia, N.Y. has received organic certification from Quality Assurance International (QAI). BI is now approved to manufacture and distribute certified organic vitamin premixes, custom blends and granulated or roller compacted ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and pharmaceutical industries out of this facility. BI's Long Beach, Calif. manufacturing facility with its industry-leading steam sterilization process, Protexx HP(R), received organic certification from QAI in 2004.
"Certifying our Islandia facility allows us to produce an even higher volume of quality organic ingredients for our customer base," stated George Pontiakos, president and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "Today BI has more than 100 certified organic offerings for use in a variety of applications including dietary supplements, foods, and beverages."
QAI Organic Certification is designed to certify every step of the organic chain: from the land on which the product is grown; to the producers growing the product; to the post-harvest facilities preparing the product; to the processing and handling facilities transforming the product. Certification of all products labeled as "organic" in the United States is mandatory under the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and full implementation of the National Organic Program (NOP) Final Rule.
About BI Nutraceuticals
BI Nutraceuticals is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. The company currently offers more than 200 ingredients that have been determined as safe for use in foods and beverages by the FDA or FEMA, the Flavors and Extracts Manufacturers Association.
Since 2002, BI has been an innovator in steam sterilization and the company's Protexx HP(R) process is currently the industry's only species-specific, organic sterilization method. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide and irradiation testing. All herbal powder ingredients are also tested under the company's Identilok(R) species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD(R), which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. For more information, visit www.binutraceuticals.com.
About Quality Assurance International:
Quality Assurance International (QAI, Inc.), the global leader in certification services, has operations in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the European Union. Clients include agricultural producers, food processing facilities, integrated manufacturing operations and contract packing operations, traders, distributors, retailers, and other unique food operations. QAI's programs are designed to verify compliance at every link of the product handling chain, thus assuring consumers that product integrity is preserved in the marketplace. For further information about QAI, visit the company's website at www.qai-inc.com