One of Coca-Cola’s ‘Biggest Suppliers’ Bans Animal Tests After PETA US Appeal

For Immediate Release:

8 November 2019


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


Previously, Ingredion Incorporated Force-Fed Rats Faeces, Broke Mice’s Necks, and Injected Animals With Carcinogens – All of Which Is Now Ended

London – Following communications with PETA US, Ingredion Incorporated – a leading global ingredients provider with UK offices in Manchester and Yorkshire and “one of The Coca-Cola Company’s biggest suppliers of corn syrup” – has instituted a new policy banning all experiments on animals unless required by law.

The company previously funded or donated to numerous animal tests, including ones in which experimenters force-fed mice vitamin D, suffocated them to death or broke their necks, and drained their blood; fed rats cornflour with or without antibiotics and force-fed them faeces; fed rats cornflour and injected them with a chemical that induces colorectal cancer; and fed genetically modified mice a high– or low–glycemic index diet, starved them, injected them with glucose and insulin, cut open their tail veins, and repeatedly bled them. At the end of the experiments, all the animals were killed and dissected.

“Coca-Cola drinkers will now be able to taste the feeling of cruelty-free ingredients thanks to Ingredion’s sweet decision to ban hideous animal tests,” says PETA Science Policy Advisor Dr Julia Baines. “PETA is urging other food and beverage companies to follow Ingredion’s compassionate, business-savvy example and kick unreliable and cruel animal tests to the curb.”

Ingredion joins a growing list of – including Robertet SA, Barilla, The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, House Foods, Kellogg Company, Kikkoman, Lipton, Ocean Spray, PepsiCo, POM Wonderful, Welch’s, Yakult Honsha, and many others – that have worked with PETA US scientists to adopt new policies banning animal tests and instead using more effective, ethical, and economical animal-free research models.

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