After we told you earlier this week how animals were being tormented and killed in crude experiments for Nestlé’s tea brand, Nestea, Nestlé went into crisis mode, furiously tweeting that its “#Nestea product has never been tested on animals.” But just like Nestlé’s tainted teas, you shouldn’t swallow its desperate attempt to spin the ugly truth.
While Nestlé’s final tea products may not be tested on animals, the ingredients of Nestlé’s tea products—including Nestea—have been repeatedly tested on animals, according to published studies. But don’t take our word for it—you can watch as Nestlé’s own U.S. CEO admits it. In these tests, mice and rats have been poisoned, electrically shocked, surgically mutilated, and decapitated.
Nestlé claims that “[a]ll safety authorities rely on animal testing as part of the dossier that industry has to provide to demonstrate that foods are safe when there is no history of safe use” and that Nestlé’s tea experiments on animals provide a basis for developing food with “novel ingredients,” i.e., that its tests are conducted for safety purposes. But not only has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) written to PETA stating that it’s “not aware of any circumstances that would result in the FDA requiring a food or beverage company to conduct laboratory experiments on animals,” Nestlé also forced animals to ingest common tea ingredients (green tea extracts, flavonoids, catechins, etc.) to determine their health properties, not safety. In fact, none of Nestlé’s published tea studies on animals that PETA identified involved tests for safety of the ingredients—meaning that Nestea’s “safety” claims are false.
You can learn more and send a message to Nestlé that cruelty to animals isn’t your cup of tea at NesteaCruelTea.com.
Written by Jeff Mackey