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June 22, 2021
Amanda Hayes 202-483-7382
Tokyo “Will Ajinomoto oblige to ban all animal testing that is not explicitly required by law, as dozens of other global food and beverage companies have already done?” This is the question that a PETA spokesperson will ask the executives of the Japanese conglomerate Ajinomoto Co., Inc. – the world’s largest manufacturer of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and the owner of the packaged frozen food brands Tai Pei, Ling Ling and José Olé – in the company’s office. annual meeting tomorrow.
PETA acquired shares in Ajinomoto last year to urge shareholders to stop experimenting with animals. The group found that since the 1950s, Ajinomoto experimenters cut open dogs’ stomachs, inserted tubes into them, starved the animals, fed them monosodium glutamate, ingested gastric juices, and injected them with drugs, ostensibly to claim health benefits for marketing. food and ingredients of the company. Some of Ajinomoto’s other tests included inserting tubes into the arteries of day old piglets and starving them, electroshocking the rats, and forcing the mice to fight each other. These tests are not relevant to human health and are not required by law.
“We don’t need to torture animals in laboratories to make dubious claims about human health when marketing food and beverages,” says PETA Vice President Shalin Gala. PETA encourages Ajinomoto to join dozens of other global food giants that have stopped animal testing and switched to more efficient, ethical, cost-effective non-animal research.
As PETA points out in a question, Ajinomoto’s recently published animal testing policy allows for much of the same testing the company has been conducting and funding for decades to make dubious health claims when marketing its products. The company is violating its own 3R policy of replacing, reducing and improving the use of animals in experiments by continuing to green-light tests while animal-free research methods are readily available for this purpose.
PETA, whose motto is in part that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – opposes arrogance, a worldview focused on human excellence. The full question to the shareholders of the group is available here. For more information please visit PETA.org or subscribe to the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram…