In January 2020 Ethical Consumer searched the Tesco PLC website for its animal testing policy. A webpage called ‘Maintaining and improving animal welfare’ was found, dated 1/08/2019.
It stated: "We do not commission or carry out testing on animals for pharmaceutical, cosmetic or household products. Where animal testing is required by law for food safety purposes, we require that these are carried out in line with applicable regulation...We do not carry out, commission or fund testing on animals for consumer products. Where animal testing of chemicals is required by law for safety purposes, these are carried out in line with applicable regulation. This applies across the Group."
No mention could be found anymore of a fixed cut-off date for its own brand products.
The company was also selling non own-brand products made by companies which were directly involved in testing their products on animals at the time of writing. Tesco received Ethical Consumer's worst rating for its Animal Testing policy and lost a mark under this category.
www.tescoplc.com (10 January 2020)