Cognis company's antioxidant and botanical ingredients division, Cognis' Nutrition & Health, announced on Thursday that the allegations made against Cognis in a lawsuit filed last week by Kemin Foods, L.C. are unsubstantiated.
Kemin Foods contends that the Cognis Corporation continues to make false claims that blur the differences between lutein esters and the purified form of lutein that only Kemin Foods manufactures.
In a statement Janetta Walls, Cognis Corporation Vice President and General Counsel refuted the contention.
"Cognis makes truthful, scientifically substantiated claims and non-misleading statements regarding its lutein ester product Xangold(R)."
" Cognis has carefully adhered to its commitments in the 1999 settlement agreement between the two companies. In fact, over the course of the last several months, Cognis has, through several letters to Kemin, repeatedly demanded that Kemin cease the false and misleading claims they are making in the marketplace about both companies' products," Walls added.
In support of its claims, Cognis stressed that lutein ester supplements have been used more frequently than lutein supplements in published studies on the benefits of lutein in the human body.
"We have launched an aggressive educational program for existing and prospective customers about our lutein ester products," said Holger Becker, PhD, Cognis' Brand Manager for carotenoid products. "We are continuing to develop information and present it to customers so that they can make an informed choice."
It would seem that the battle between the two companies will continue.