We are committed to animal welfare and our policy on animal testing is an essential aspect of this commitment. In March 2011 Sainsbury’s became members of the Humane Cosmetics Standard.
The Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS) is an internationally recognised standard that guarantees for consumers that products and the ingredients used are free from animal testing since an agreed fixed cut off date.
Sainsbury’s have not commissioned any animal testing for cosmetic products or their ingredients since before 1996 when the Humane Cosmetics Standard was first launched. Animal testing is also associated with some household products and we insist that our suppliers do not commission any animal testing on these products or the ingredients that are used in them.
Animals are used to test our own label pet food for flavour, preference and palatability, in a similar way to human taste panels we use for food ranges. The animals are kept in a kennel or cattery environment and we do not permit any establishment to house or care for these animals that carries out any form of invasive animal testing, e.g. blood sampling.