Plumpy'nut and RUTFs

The term RUTF (Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food) predates Nutriset and IRD’s innovation. That is why Plumpy’nut® is often said to have been the first available RUTF. The definition of RUTF is clearly explained in the Joint statement on the community-based management of severe acute malnutrition, published in 2007 by WHO, UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN).

It can be clearly seen by reading this document that the definition of RUTFs makes no reference to any of the claims of Nutriset/IRD patents.

Nutriset and IRD do not therefore have any patent rights for “RUTFs” as a whole, only for their own innovation. Furthermore, several companies currently offer products listed by UNICEF and meeting the specifications of RUTFs, without falling within the scope of Nutriset/IRD patents.