Food companies and animal testing (1)

Source: pixabay/ Unsplash

Source: pixabay/ Unsplash

Last month I wrote:

Information about animal testing carried out or commissioned by ASX listed food and beverage companies is not readily available to the public.

So I’ve contacted 30 food/beverage companies listed on the ASX and asked them three questions:

  • Does your company conduct or commission research that involves animals?
  • If so, what is the aim of this research, and what species of animals are used?
  • Does your company allocate any funding toward the development and validation of research methods that seek to replace the use of animals?

I emailed the companies or contacted them via their website on 20 and 21 August 2015. So far, I have received two responses. Both companies, Cappilano Honey Limited (CZZ) and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (CCL) advised they do not test their products on animals. CCL also wrote that the company encourages suppliers to use alternatives to animal testing whenever possible.

Source: pixabay/ marymyhina

Source: pixabay/ marymyhina

These are the 30 companies contacted:

Australian Agricultural Company Limited (AAC)

Australian Dairy Farms Group (AHF)

Australian Natural Proteins Limited (AYB)

Australian Vintage LTD (AVG)

Bega Cheese Limited (BGA)

Bellamy’s Australia Limited (BAL)

Buderim Ginger Limited (BUG)

Capilano Honey Limited (CZZ) – No animal testing

Cervantes Corporation Limited (CVS)

Clean Seas Tuna Limited (CSS)

Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (CCL) – No animal testing

Costa Group Holdings Limited (CGC)

Farm Pride Foods Limited (FRM)

FFI Holdings Limited (FFI)

Frankland River Olive Company Limited (FLR)

Freedom Foods Group Limited (FNP)

Gage Roads Brewing Co Limited (GRB)

Graincorp Limited (GNC)

Huon Aquaculture Group Limited (HUO)

Patties Foods Ltd (PFL)

Refresh Group Limited (RGP)

Ridley Corporation Limited (RIC)

Select Harvests Limited (SHV)

Tandou Limited (TAN)

Tassal Group Limited (TGR)

The A2 Milk Company Limited (A2M)

Treasury Wine Estates Limited (TWE)

TW Holdings Limited (TWH)

Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Co.Hold.Ltd (WCB)

Webster Limited (WBA)

Source: pixabay/ Fruchthandel_Magazin

Source: pixabay/ Fruchthandel_Magazin

I’ll send a reminder in a few days to the 28 companies that haven’t yet responded. Last year, when I contacted 117 ASX listed companies in the industry sectors Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Health Care Equipment & Services, and Household & Personal Products, one third responded.

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