For Release: IMMEDIATE

Courtney Morton


LONG BEACH, CA, April 20, 2015 — BI Nutraceuticals has achieved a significant milestone since launching its Protexx HP® Green Steam™ sterilization method 13 years ago, announcing that it has treated 75 million kilos of material. Protexx HP Green Steam remains the industry’s only species-specific, organic steam sterilization method.

“BI pioneered the use of dry steam sterilization in the US for botanicals in 2002 and today we remain the industry leader,” noted George Pontiakos, president and CEO. “We continue to make significant investments not only in steam sterilization, but also our species identification and vendor qualification programs to ensure our customers receive safe, quality product.”

Today, BI owns and operates five steam units globally in order to support worldwide product launch campaigns for its customers. Protexx HP™ Green Steam™ utilizes more than 40 settings, which control heat, moisture, time, and pressure parameters, tailored for each individual ingredient. All products require their own specific combination to provide the maximum reduction in potential contaminants while preserving the color, flavor and bioactive components. 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 sorter treatment times to eliminate pathogens which helps maintain the product’s characteristics. It also has the only steam unit in the industry validated using the USP method.

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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