BI Nutraceuticals’ Exclusive Ginseng Extract Supplier Hongjiu Biotech Achieves NSF Certification

LONG BEACH, Calif., November 12, 2008 — BI Nutraceuticals today announced that its ginseng extract partner, Hongjiu Biotech, has been awarded NSF International Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) registration. NSF conducted a thorough audit of Hongjiu’s manufacturing processes, sanitation standards, pest control methods, personnel training, product testing practices and standard operating procedures and verified they met with their stringent GMP criteria. BI is currently the exclusive North American distributor for Hongjiu’s line of panax ginseng extracts.

“BI partnered with Hongjiu because of the company’s unwavering dedication to operating all facets of their business in adherence to the strictest quality control standards, and this GMP certification from NSF International further underscores that commitment,” stated Walter Postelwait, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, BI Nutraceuticals.

Hongjiu operates its own pesticide-free, certified organic ginseng farms, which allows them complete control over the quality of their ginseng extracts at every stage from seed to cultivation to processing. The company’s extraction facility is the largest and most advanced in Northeast China and is ISO22000, HACCP, GMP, GAP, Kosher, Halal and now GMP certified. In order to ensure continued compliance to their GMP standards, NSF will conduct periodic audits of Hongjiu’s facilities.

About BI Nutraceuticals:

BI Nutraceuticals is a global full-service supplier of dietary supplement and functional food and beverage 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. Since 2002, BI has been an innovator in steam sterilization and the company’s Protexx HP(R) 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(R) species identification process. The company has also developed a proprietary process, UltraHD(R), which creates high-density herbal powders allowing for superior flow and less dusting during the manufacturing process. For more information, visit

About Hongjiu Biotech:

Founded in 1998, Hongjiu Biotech is one of the leading manufacturers of ginseng and other herbal extracts in China. Hongjiu’s extraction facility is the largest and most advanced in Northeast China and the company has the technology to make any botanical extract into a water-soluble form. The company produces a variety of ingredients for the nutraceutical, food, beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries and is ISO22000, HACCP, GMP, GAP, Kosher and Halal certified. For more information visit