Arla Foods to map DNA sequence in bacteria

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02 March 2007
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Teaming up with Integrated Genomics Inc., Arla Foods intends to map the DNA sequence in its dairy lactic acid bacterium called “Lactobacillus casei F19”, which is found in the popular Cultura products.

The aim is to develop a broader range of food products with well-documented, health-promoting properties, and thus provide Arla Foods with a greater understanding of how the properties of “Lactobacillus casei F19” impact human health. This, in turn, will offer added opportunities for developing products within the field of functional foods.
The health-promoting properties of “Lactobacillus casei F19” have been subject to similar research projects before, including its ability to alleviate problems linked to the use of antibiotics and its effects on the immune system and on metabolism. The bacterium is present in all Cultura products in Sweden and Denmark.

Integrated Genomics is a world-leader within the field of microbiological DNA-research. Based in Chicago, the US company operates one of the market’s most advanced databases for the study for mikroorganisms’ hereditary material. The project will be implemented throughout 2007.

For further information, please contact Head of Corporate R&D, Arla Foods, Henrik Jørgen Andersen, PhD, Adjunct Professor at Tel: 8733 2841, Mobile: 2095 1241,

Visit for additional information about Integrated Genomics.

Arla Foods is an international dairy company owned by 9,700 farmers from Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Arla Foods is one of the leading players in the international dairy arena with well-known brands like Arla®, Lurpak®, Puck® and Castello®. Arla Foods is focused on providing good dairy nourishment from sustainable farming and operations and is also the world's largest manufacturer of organic dairy products.

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