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Two charities challenge company’s patent on Plumpy’Nut

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2510 (Published 11 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2510
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The US patent for a peanut based food product that has transformed the treatment of acute malnutrition in Africa has come under challenge by two US not for profit organisations that say they could produce similar products more cheaply.

    The California based Mama Cares Foundation and Breedlove Foods in Texas have filed a joint suit in the US District Court in the District of Columbia to try to overturn the patent held by the French company Nutriset.

    Nutriset’s Plumpy’Nut, a blend of peanut butter, powdered milk, vegetable oil, and sugar fortified with vitamins and minerals, is said by some experts to have revolutionised aid agencies’ response to malnutrition and become the …

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