Have I been too optimistic in claiming that Barilla, Nestle and PepsiCo have ceased animal testing of their products? It’s been pointed out to me that …
And @SAFEnewzealand is right.
Nestle’s policy informs us:
Does Nestlé routinely test its products on animals?
No. We do not use animal testing to develop conventional foods and drinks such as coffee, tea, cereal and chocolate.
Are you ever required to test new products or ingredients on animals?
On very rare occasions, yes. National authorities require new food products and ingredients to be safe for human consumption, and in certain cases it is necessary to carry out animal tests to demonstrate this.
We can assure you that we use animal testing as little as possible, and that our care of animals always complies with the highest standards. Animal testing should only take place where absolutely necessary, as part of the regulatory process to commercialise a product, or as part of the development of novel food products, such as those with healthcare benefits.
PepsiCo may use ingredients that have been tested on animals, if required by the relevant authorities:
PepsiCo does not conduct any animal tests and does not directly fund any animal tests on its beverages and foods. Where governmental agencies require animal tests to demonstrate ingredient safety, companies using those ingredients rely on third party testing.
PepsiCo has shared our concern regarding the ethical and humane treatment of animals with our suppliers and others in the industry. We encourage the use of alternative testing methods whenever and wherever possible and have financially supported research to develop these alternative methods.
Barilla also concedes that suppliers may do animal testing if the authorities demand it:
At Barilla we do not test our products or raw materials on animals, nor do we fund, commission, co-author it or otherwise support it, either directly or through third parties.
We insist that our suppliers use alternatives to animal testing methods. An exception would only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes, and even in this instance, Barilla will make every effort to identify and propose a non-animal alternative which could fulfill the regulatory requirement, if possible.
These companies have good intentions. Or they have just responded to consumer pressure. Whatever. The glass is half full. I’d like to think so.