Free dissemination of bacterial strains
muriana at aclcb.purdue.edu
Thu Oct 17 08:25:19 EST 1991
Dear Bionet "Netters,"
In the past year I've requested several bacterial food starter cultures
from a colleague associated with a starter culture company. I have recently
received a letter stating:
"...reminded by our company that release of all strains
(patented or not patented) is contingent on a written
agreement that the strains be used solely for research
and not for dissemination to other institutions or
companies without our permission."
Keeping in mind that these cultures often exist as viable cells in the
various products for which they are used (yogurt, buttermilk, etc.), once
you buy the product you are also the owner of the purchased culture, I
believe (please reply if I am in error). I would expect that in the case
of food starter cultures, there shouldn't be many/any "patented" cultures
on a food which will be consumed (perhaps the "process" of using the
culture to make a food product may be patented), especially patented by
virtue of changes introduced by recombinant DNA.
I have been insulted by this request, knowing that they themselves have
obtained cultures (competitors?) by merely purchasing products on retail
I would be interested in comment on this issue. Thank-you.
Internet: muriana at aclcb.purdue.edu
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