In January 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Danone’s most recent Position Paper on Animal Testing, published in 2016. The company stated the following:
“At Danone, animal testing is conducted in order to ensure the safety and efficacy of new products. In some cases, these tests are used to understand the mechanism of action of our innovations or are part of the safety assessments required by national regulatory authorities for pre-market approvals. In the case of specialized nutrition for vulnerable populations, animal testing is still sometimes necessary to advance fundamental knowledge. All tests are carried out in respect of international animal welfare standards and when no alternative research models are available.”
The company stated that it tried to find alternatives to animal testing where possible but “where no other options are available, we carry out animal testing but only within a very strict framework….We actively seek alternative methods to limit the use of animal testing. To this end, we apply the internationally recognized “Triple R” (Replace animal testing, Reduce the number of animals being used in the tests, and Refine the testing process, or 3R).”
“To foster progress in Triple R research, Danone takes part in a number of concrete initiatives that include on-going collaboration with 3R centers in the UK and the Netherlands and with the John Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) in the US. In addition, Danone has played a key role in the recent creation of a new task force at ILSI Europe (Alternatives to Animal Testing in Food Safety, Nutrition and Efficacy Studies).”
No fixed cut off date for stopping animal testing altogether could be found.
As a result the company was marked down in the animal testing category.
Position Paper (September 2016)