In March 2021 Sainsbury's website was searched by Ethical Consumer for information on the company's animal testing policy.
The following statement was found: "All of our own brand cosmetic and personal care and household cleaning products are approved under the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny programme, the internationally recognisable gold standard for cruelty free products. We adhere to a fixed cut-off date policy and proactively monitor our suppliers to ensure that our products continue to adhere to the Leaping Bunny criteria. Our supplier monitoring system is also independently audited".
However, Sainsbury's website was found to display a number of other brands that were known to use animal testing including Pfizer healthcare products such as Anadin and Chapstick. It also sold bodycare brands which were known to test on animals in China, even if not in Europe or the USA, such as L'Oreal.
The company therefore received Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Animal Testing.
Sainsbury's corporate website (22 October 2019)