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BI Continues its 15-Year Effort and Investment in Validated Steam Sterilization

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CALIFORNIA – BI has been the original promoter of kill step validation in the industry, developing a validated kill step steam sterilization method long before the elimination of Ethylene Oxide and irradiation techniques by the Federal Drug Administration. With other companies now following suit in the movement towards the reduction and elimination of microbial loads, BI continues to champion the validation of test and sterilization methods.

In 2002, BI’s Protexx HP® Green Steam™ became the industry’s only species-specific, organic steam sterilization system with a validated kill step. Protexx HP® utilizes more than 40 settings, which control heat, moisture, time, and pressure parameters, tailored for each individual species. BI has fine-tuned more than 350 product-specific, validated protocols across its five steam units that utilize the highest pressure and temperature settings in the industry, resulting in shorter treatment times to eliminate pathogens which help maintain the product’s characteristics. BI also has the only steam unit in the industry validated using the USP method, which is the most stringent test on the market for sterilization methods. BI’s USP method is tested and retested annually to ensure effectiveness.

“BI has steam treated over 90 million kilos of herbal botanicals and food ingredients since Protexx HP® was implemented,” said George Pontiakos, President/CEO of BI. “For this reason, it is critical that our validation methods are failsafe. While its promising suppliers are joining the conversation on kill-step validation, we need to maintain a hardline on the validation of test methods to protect consumers and the industry at large.”

BI has long emphasizing the urgency on industry participants to be vigilant in the implementation of the FDA’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Point plan, as well as validation of supply chain testing because of the variance of ingredients found in nature.

To learn more about BI and its Protexx HP® Green Steam™ sterilization method authentication and other quality programs, visit

About BI:

Celebrating 40 years of business, BI is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including whole herb powders and teas, standardized and ratio extracts, custom blends, vitamins, minerals, drum to hopper custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes including time released and encapsulated ingredients. BI 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. In 2002, BI pioneered a steam sterilization process, known as Protexx HP® Green Steam™, which is 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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