BI Nutraceuticals reaches steam sterilisation milestone

Protexx HP Green Steam remains the industry’s only species-specific, organic steam sterilisation method

BI Nutraceuticals has achieved a significant milestone since launching its Protexx HP Green Steam sterilisation 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 sterilisation method.

'BI pioneered the use of dry steam sterilisation 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 sterilisation, but also our species identification and vendor qualification programmes to ensure our customers receive safe, quality product,' he added.

Today, BI owns and operates five steam units globally to support worldwide product launch campaigns for its customers.

Protexx HP Green Steam uses 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 colour, flavour and bioactive components.

BI has fine-tuned more than 350 product-specific, validated protocols across its five steam units that use the highest pressure and temperature settings in the industry, resulting in shorter treatment times to eliminate pathogens, which helps to maintain the product’s characteristics. It also has the only steam unit in the industry validated using the USP method.

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