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BI Renews ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Laboratory Accreditation, Expands Scope

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CALIFORNIA – BI, a global full-service manufacturer of plant-based ingredients, announced successful renewal of its ISO/IEC 17025:2017 certification by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). BI’s accreditation was expanded in scope to include both contaminants and safety measures specific to BI’s Identilok® species identification testing.

“The renewal of our ISO 17025 accreditation demonstrates our commitment to sustaining the quality of our laboratory operations,” said Rupa Das, BI’s Vice President of Global Quality and Compliance. “It is important for us to uphold the confidence of our customers with regard to the accuracy of our testing and reporting, as well as product safety. The accreditation demonstrates our technical competency and the ability of our laboratory operations to consistently produce precise and accurate test data. The expanded scope, which includes contaminants and product identification, provides further assurance for our customers of meeting their regulatory requirements. Product identification included DNA, which is integral to BI’s Identilok®.”

All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metal, pesticide, microbiology and irradiation testing, as well as the company’s Identilok® species identification process. Identilok® is BI’s Genus Species testing process, which guarantees the highest levels of product purity, authenticity, and cleanliness. Identilok® approved powders and extracts successfully pass all applicable identity tests including, High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Microscopic Image Analysis, Organoleptic Testing and Macroscopic Taxonomy, as well as DNA verification along with High Performance Liquid Chromatography and Gas Chromatography as required.

A2LA is the only independent, internationally recognized accreditation body in the United States that offers a full range of comprehensive laboratory and laboratory-related accreditation services. A2LA’s ISO 17025 accreditation indicates technical proficiency and the ability of a laboratory to generate accurate and consistent data and is one of the highest standards that a testing laboratory can achieve.

For more information on BI, visit www.botanicals.com.

About BI

BI is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food ingredients including plant-based powders and teas, standardized and ratio extracts, proteins, fibers, vitamin mineral premixes, custom blends, granular ingredients and other specialty processes. 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 with a validated kill step. All BI ingredients undergo stringent quality analysis that includes heavy metals, pesticides, irradiation, and Identilok®, BI’s 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 www.botanicals.com.
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