BI Nutraceuticals' President and CEO, George Pontiakos, will discuss adulteration and the FDA's commitment to the issue, as well as the challenges that global sourcing can present as part of the "Adulteration and Global Sourcing" expert panel at the Health Ingredients (Hi) Online Event and Conference being held Friday, February 18. This audio webinar, open to all past Health Ingredients Europe conference attendees, will take place 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. ET and will cover the challenges of ensuring product quality and safety in an increasingly global marketplace, and how to effectively safeguard against adulteration.
Other panel participants include: Jeff Crowther, Executive Director,
U.S.—China Health Products Association; Ed Wyszumiala, General Manager, Dietary Supplements Certification Program, NSF International; and Steven Dentali, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, American Herbal Products Association. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Kwok, Editor, Nutritional Outlook magazine.
As president and CEO of BI Nutraceuticals, Pontiakos oversees the company's worldwide operations. BI has manufacturing and processing facilities in Long Beach, Calif., Long Island, N.Y., Boonton, N.J. and Suzhou and Shanghai, China. Pontiakos has held senior leadership positions at several leading consulting, medical services and technology companies including Monovasia, which he founded, Oluma, Lucent, Agere, Ortel, NetVantage and Timeplex. He has wide-ranging experience in scaling geographically dispersed global companies to maximize their ability to successfully compete in the marketplace.
Pontiakos holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Farleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey, and is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Northeastern University.
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 Hi Online
The Hi Online Conference will look at the latest trends in health, wellbeing, natural, salt and sugar reduction, weight management and clean labeling and gives insight on ingredients that are set to become the future of health. For a complete conference agenda or to register to participate, visit www.ingredientsnetwork.com/conference.