Food giants such as Nestle, Unilever, Knorr, Hellmann’s and Yakult have been accused of being involved in an animal testing scandal, testing on animals in horrific experiments.
The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) claims that the experiments conducted by these firms were not done in the interest of food safety.
Due to the rising demand and interest in ‘superfoods’, BUAV believes that animal testing was carried out to allow the companies to make health claims about their products.
In one example, piglets were given Lipton’s tea to assess whether it would counter diarrhoea caused by the stomach bug E-coli.
Eight of the piglets died, seven of which due to severe cases of diarrhoea.
Nestle was also found to give mice a goji-berry powder, before being injected with acid to produce the symptoms of bowel disease and being killed and dissected.
The BUAV also found pregnant rabbits were killed just days before they due to give birth, along with mice bleeding to death after having their hearts punctured.
Dr Katy Taylor, the BUAV’s head of science, said: “The public will be shocked to learn these well-known and familiar high street brands are involved in sickening experiments on animals.”
“It is unacceptable that animals should be made to suffer by companies in an effort to make “health benefit” claims about their products.”