LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec 9, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Zuellig Botanicals, Inc., dba BI Nutraceuticals (BI), announced that it has received organic certification for its manufacturing facility in Long Beach, California, from Quality Assurance International (QAI). Organic certification from QAI will allow BI to manufacture and distribute certified organic products to the dietary supplement, food and pharmaceutical industries.
Additionally, BI's innovative steam sanitization process was also certified. The novel process reduces microbiological load with results equal to that of ethylene oxide and irradiation without the regulatory issues associated with those alternatives.
"We are continuing to support our customers and the industry with quality manufacturing operations, novel products and new processing techniques," stated Peter Hafermann, president, BI Nutraceuticals. "Organic certification, along with our new sanitization process and new lab testing equipment for pesticide (GCMS) and heavy metals analysis (ICPMS), allows BI to provide our customers a truly unique product offering."
The organic certification verification process documents the authenticity of organic farming and various subsequent levels of handling, and is mandatory under the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and full implementation of the National Organic Program (NOP) Final Rule. This rule requires certification of all products labeled as organic in the United States.
BI Nutraceuticals, founded in 1977 and headquartered in Long Beach, California, is a full service supplier of dietary supplement ingredients. BI manufactured products undergo quality testing under the Identilok(R) species identification process. BI products include whole herb powders and teas, standardized and drug ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals and other specialty supplements.
Since 1989, QAI has been providing the highest level of organic certification service to its growing number of clients. Currently, QAI offers organic certification under the National Organic Program for Producers, Processors, Private Labelers, Distributors, Retailers, Restaurants, Wild Crop Harvesters, Greenhouse, Mushrooms and Facilities. QAI also offers 'Source Certification for Bottled Water Products' under Codex Alimentarius standards, and 'Fiber Certification' under the American Organic Standards. For more information visit www.qai-inc.com.