June 1, 2000
Natural ASA, BASF To Develop CLA for Animal Feed
CHICAGO--Natural ASA in Oslo, Norway, has entered into an agreement with BASF AG'sHealth and Nutrients division, based in Chicago, to develop conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)for the global animal feed market. The 16-year agreement has BASF AG acquiring rights forCLA production for the worldwide marketing of CLA in animal feed. Patents on CLA are heldby Natural ASA and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.
The deal will allow BASF to concentrate on registration and development of CLA inanimal feed; research studies have demonstrated positive effects of CLA in pigs onfat/muscle balance, energy metabolism and immunity. BASF plans to continue these studies.Natural ASA will focus its energy into further development of CLA and isomers infunctional foods, as well as other new products. For more about Natural Inc.'s CLA, see www.tonalin.com.
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