July 19, 2018
Tokyo — After PETA U.S. urged Toyo Suisan Kaisha—the corporate owner of Maruchan, a producer of instant ramen noodles—to stop force-feeding, cutting apart, and killing mice and rats in order to make questionable human health claims about its products, the Tokyo-based company has pledged to end all its tests on animals.
In a letter to the company, PETA U.S. pointed out that since all the experiments on animals involved common food ingredients with no toxicity concerns, studies could have been safely conducted using human beings—and in fact, such studies have already been conducted and published.
“Toyo Suisan Kaisha did the right thing in ending its cruel animal experiments, which are irrelevant to human health and not required by law,” says PETA U.S. Vice President Shalin Gala. “PETA U.S. is calling on other food companies to join Toyo Suisan Kaisha in switching to modern non-animal research methods that provide human-relevant data and don’t cause animals suffering.”
PETA notes that experiments conducted by Toyo Suisan Kaisha included force-feeding probiotics to mice, injecting the animals with a milk-derived antigen to induce an immune response, and killing them before injecting the dead animals’ spleen cells into another group of mice who were then also killed and dissected. In another test, the company’s experimenters fed rats a high-fat, high-sucrose diet including buckwheat noodles (which are commonly used in Maruchan ramen) enriched with buckwheat extracts or green tea extracts, took their blood, and then killed and dissected them.
Toyo Suisan Kaisha joins a growing list of companies—including The Coca-Cola Company, House Foods, ITO EN, Kikkoman, Lipton, PepsiCo, POM Wonderful LLC, T. Hasegawa Co., and Yakult Honsha—that have ended animal tests after discussions with PETA U.S.
Correspondence with Toyo Suisan Kaisha is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.