Victory! Global Food Industry Ditches Deadly Animal Tests—See the List

PETA scientists are modernizing food-industry testing worldwide by successfully persuading companies to use modern science and end the use of cruel and deadly animal tests.

Following extensive discussions, PETA persuaded the food and beverage companies marked with an asterisk (*) below to stop conducting or funding deadly experiments on animals in order to establish health claims for the marketing of products or ingredients. Now, they’ll no longer take part in animal tests unless they’re required by law or government regulators (and PETA is working on that, too). These victories will prevent thousands of animals in laboratories from being poisoned, electrocuted, cut apart, and much more. All the other companies listed below have never tested on animals and have confirmed to us that they have no intention of starting.

Food and Beverage Companies That Don’t Test on Animals

  1. Adagio Teas
  2. Agropur Dairy Cooperative
  3. Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG
  4. Amy’s Kitchen, Inc.
  5. Ankerkraut GmbH
  6. Apeejay Surrendra Group (Typhoo Tea only)
  7. Arbor Crest Wineries & Nursery, Inc.
  8. Arcor S.A.I.C.
  9. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd.*
  10. Australian Fruit Tea Company Pty Ltd.
  11. B&G Foods, Inc.
  12. Bacardi & Company, Ltd.
  13. Ball Corporation*
  14. Barilla SpA*
  15. Barry Callebaut*
  16. Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate Ltd.
  17. Beyond Meat
  18. Bigelow Tea
  19. Bimbo Bakeries USA
  20. Black Star Farms, LLC.
  21. Bonduelle Group
  22. Brown-Forman Corporation
  23. Campbell Soup Company
  24. Cha Dao Tea Company, LLC
  25. Chobani, LLC
  26. The Coca-Cola Company*
  27. Constellation Brands, Inc.*
  28. Cott Corporation
  29. Daintree Tea
  30. Dean Foods
  31. Del Monte Pacific, Ltd.
  32. Diaspora Tea & Herb Co (doing business as Rishi Tea & Botanicals)
  33. Dole Food Company*
  34. Don Lee Farms (Goodman Food Products, Inc.)
  35. Praeger’s Sensible Foods
  36. E. & J. Gallo Winery
  37. Eclipse Foods
  38. Ensuiko Sugar Refining Co., Ltd.*
  39. Ethicoco
  40. Ezaki Glico Co., Ltd.*
  41. Field Roast
  42. Flowers Foods, Inc.
  43. Follow Your Heart
  44. Fortnum & Mason
  45. The Frauxmagerie Ltd.
  46. Frutzzo Natural Juice, LLC
  47. Fuji Oil Holdings Inc.*
  48. Gathered Foods
  49. General Mills Inc.*
  50. Givaudan
  51. Grupo Peñaflor S.A.
  52. Hain Celestial Group
  53. Hari Har Chai
  54. Heineken N.V.
  55. The Hershey Company*
  56. Honest Tea
  57. House Foods Group Inc.*
  58. Ingredion Incorporated*
  59. Intelligentsia Coffee, Inc.
  60. ITO EN, Ltd.*
  61. J&J Snack Foods Corp.
  62. James White Drinks
  63. Kellogg Company*
  64. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc.
  65. Kewpie Corporation*
  66. Kikkoman Corporation*
  67. Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd.*
  68. Koala Tea Company Pty Ltd.
  69. Lactalis American Group, Inc.
  70. Lakewood Organic Juices
  71. Lancaster Colony Corporation
  72. Lightlife Foods, Inc.
  73. Lindt & Sprüngli
  74. McCain Foods Limited*
  75. McCormick & Company, Inc.
  76. Megmilk Snow Brand Co., Ltd.*
  77. Meiji Co., Ltd.*
  78. Mitch’s Vegan Jerky
  79. Molson Coors Brewing Company
  80. Monde Nissin
  81. Monogram Foods Solutions, LLC
  82. Morinaga & Co., Ltd.*
  83. Nagase & Co., Ltd.*
  84. Naked Juice Company
  85. Next Gen Foods
  86. NH Foods Ltd.*
  87. Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.*
  88. Nissin Foods Holdings Co., Ltd.*
  89. Nitto Beverage Co., Ltd.
  90. Nuts For Cheese
  91. Oatly Group
  92. Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.*
  93. The Original Ceylon Tea Company
  94. OSI Group
  95. Ostfriesische Tee Gesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG
  96. PepsiCo, Inc.*
  97. Pernod Ricard*
  98. Pinnacle Foods Inc.
  99. POM Wonderful LLC*
  100. Rebellyous Foods
  101. Reily Foods Company
  102. Reine Vegan Cuisine
  103. Rich Products Corporation
  104. Riken Vitamin Co., Ltd.*
  105. Robertet SA*
  106. Sanderson Farms, Inc.
  107. Sapporo Holdings Ltd.*
  108. Saputo Inc.
  109. Satake Corporation*
  110. Semper AB
  111. Seneca Foods Corporation
  112. Sensient Technologies Corporation*
  113. Shiok Meats Pte. Ltd.
  114. Simply Eggless
  115. Standard Foods Group*
  116. Stash Tea Company
  117. Strand Tea Company
  118. Strauss Group*
  119. Sugar Creek Packing Co.
  120. Sunshine Burger & Specialty Food Co, LLC
  121. Suntory Holdings Limited*
  122. Sweet Earth Enlightened Foods
  123. Swilled Dog Hard Cider*
  124. Takasago International Corporation*
  125. TeeGschwendner
  126. Das Teehaus
  127. Teekanne GmbH & KG
  128. Tesco PLC (tea products only)
  129. T. Hasegawa Co.*
  130. Tofurky
  131. Toyo Suisan Kaisha, Ltd.*
  132. True Blue
  133. Twinings North America
  134. Unilever*
  135. Vegano Foods LLC
  136. Viña Concha y Toro S.A.
  137. Vitalon Foods Group*
  138. Welch Foods Inc.*
  139. Weston Foods (Canada) Inc.
  140. Whispering Pines Tea Company
  141. Wholesome Savour/OsomeFood
  142. Wild Type
  143. Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.*

Prior to contacting the companies, PETA uncovered disturbing documents showing that thousands of animals were cut into, tormented, and killed during cruel laboratory experiments for decades—all so that companies could attempt to make marketing claims about products ranging from Ramen noodles to candy bars and from breakfast cereals to liquor. Marketers aimed to boost product sales with suggestions of health-promoting ingredients, and they turned to experiments on animals for proof—even though the scientific evidence shows that animal testing is ineffective and fails to lead to human treatments.

Countless dogs, rabbits, monkeys, pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, and even chimpanzees endured crude tests so that food marketers could attempt to persuade consumers to spend money on their products.

In these food- and beverage-industry experiments, animals were restrained in tubes, hung by their tails, forced to run on treadmills, and made to stand on hot plates; force-fed and starved; injected with chemicals, drugs, alcohol, and cancer cells; made to swim until they were exhausted and inhale smoke; cut apart; made to endure the exposure of their nerves and electrocuted; given facial lacerations; infected with harmful bacteria and viruses; inflicted with erectile dysfunction; and killed by suffocation or neck-breaking, after which they were dissected.

These animal experiments are not required by law. Effective non-animal research methods or studies safely conducted on human volunteers or donated human tissue are readily available, more affordable than animal tests, and much more reliable.

Now, thousands of animals will be prevented from enduring experiments like these and many more as PETA continues to persuade corporate executives to choose modern and compassionate research methods.

Update: April 2, 2021

More good news for animals! With the active cooperation of a PETA Germany representative, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published new definitions of the words “vegan” and “vegetarian” for food and beverage manufacturers. In addition to setting standards for the types of ingredients permitted in food and beverage products labeled with these terms, the definitions prohibit manufacturers of such products from pursuing animal experiments not required by law, like the ones described above.

Prior to these new ISO definitions, there were no uniform international industry standards for these terms. Now, if companies claim to follow ISO standards but voluntarily pursue animal testing related to their products labeled as vegan or vegetarian, these companies can be held liable for damages by their contract partners (e.g., supermarkets). Moreover, this would constitute a violation of the principles of fair trade, which could result in warnings, lawsuits, or even damage claims.

PETA joins PETA Germany in calling for a ban on all animal tests for foods and beverages and for the definitions to be changed from voluntary industry commitments into a binding European law standard known as an EN-ISO. Eventually, the definition of the word “vegan” should not only exclude ingredients of animal origin but also other forms of animal abuse for foods.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind