US court extends ban on imported maltitol from Chinese firm

02 February 2010 21:57  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--A US district court extended a ban on imports of dry-form sugar alcohol maltitol originating from a Chinese company and its agents, French-based polyols maker Roquette Freres said on Tuesday.

The new court order further enjoins Yucheng Lujian and any partner from importing any dry-form maltitol into the US.

Roquette, which has North American offices and production facilities in Keokuk, Iowa, obtained an earlier judgment from the US District Court in New Jersey, enjoining Shandong, China-based Yucheng Lujian Biological and its agent, New Jersey-based Fass Food Ingredients, from importing or selling maltitol crystals that infringe on Roquette’s US patent for maltitol production.

Fass Food was not immediately available for comment.

Roquette’s patent covers modified maltitol crystals with bipyramidal and related forms and their manufacture. The patent expires in September 2018.

Roquette produces maltitol in the US from corn glucose.

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