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BI Nutraceuticals to Provide Supplier Quality Perspective for AHPA CGMP Teleseminar

BI Nutraceuticals' Vice President of Global Quality and Compliance, Rupa Das, will present information on vendor qualification challenges for suppliers and manufacturers during the American Herbal Products Association's (AHPA) teleseminar, "Meeting Specifications: Identity Testing and Vendor Qualifications", part of AHPA's cGMP Compliance Series, on Thursday, June 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Das will provide practical information from a supply standpoint on vendor qualification, including common manufacturer mistakes, OOS materials and documentation issues. Additional industry experts will discuss legal, scientific and quality aspects of compliance.

"Rupa played a key role in the development and implementation of BI's Identilok ingredient testing process that guarantees the highest levels of purity, authenticity and cleanliness," stated George Pontiakos, president and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "Her knowledge of global vendor qualification programs, imparted from a supplier's perspective, will prove invaluable to teleseminar participants."

Das has more than 17 years of quality and regulatory compliance management experience in the dietary supplement and personal care product industries. She is a certified GMP auditor and is involved at different levels with leading industry organizations. Prior to her work in the industry, she was a chemistry lecturer at several California State Universities.

Click here to register for the AHPA teleseminar.

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

About AHPA:

The American Herbal Products Association ( is the only national trade association that is focused primarily on herbs and herbal products. All of AHPA's activities are focused on its mission, to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products, and are undertaken to maintain and improve market opportunities for companies that sell herbs, herbal products and other health-related products, and to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy informed access to a wide choice of goods.

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