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Courtney Jacobs

BI Nutraceuticals’ Long Beach Facility Receives SQF Certification

LONG BEACH, CA, February 22, 2011— BI Nutraceuticals’ headquarters in Long Beach, Calif. has received a SQF 2000 (Safe Quality Food) certificate from NSF. The SQF program provides independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management systems comply with international and domestic food safety regulations. SQF 2000 certification is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized scheme, which was launched to enhance food safety, ensure consumer protection and strengthen consumer confidence.

"This globally trusted food safety and quality certification provides an additional level of assurance and commitment to our customers that BI's ingredients have been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible quality standards across all levels of the supply chain," noted George Pontiakos, President and CEO, BI Nutraceuticals. "BI is the only nutraceutical raw material supplier to attain this certification and we are very pleased that our industry leading quality and sourcing programs are recognized by SQF."

SQF 2000 is a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) based food safety and quality management system. The Food Safety Modernization Act, which was recently signed into law by President Obama, makes it mandatory for all dietary supplement raw material suppliers to perform hazard analysis and have a risk-based food safety plan.

“In today’s marketplace no company can ignore food safety standards in any part of their supply chain,” added Pontiakos.

For more information on the SQF Program, visit

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® 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® species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD®, which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. For more information, visit

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