Brazil probes California firm for ‘biopiracy’ of tropical fruit açaí

FILE PHOTO: Baskets of acai berries are seen on a truck, to be taken to a market where they will be sold to the food processing industry and to the growing export market, in Abaetetuba, near the mouth of the Amazon river September 26, 2008. REUTERS/Paulo Santos

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian prosecutors said on Tuesday that they were investigating a U.S. company for alleged ‘biopiracy,’ accusing it of illegally using genetic components of the tropical berry açaí in nutritional supplements it sells. The federal prosecutors office for the northern state of Amapá, a main producer of açaí, said that the company Sambazon […]

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