Recently, Kikkoman has been met with allegations of cruel animal testing that they have confirmed with, of course, a bountiful amount of excuses.
The above screenshot reads as follows:
If there’s something we can say with absolute confidence – it’s that we are committed to the safest and highest quality ingredients. Kikkoman has a 300 year track record to back it up. Everyone should know that we minimize the use of animal testing when confirming the safety of our food products. And, when alternative testing methods are not possible, we strictly follow animal welfare laws and official guidelines established in Japan. We pledge to strive for the most compassionate and humane approach possible, and this is a commitment we take very seriously. We urge consumers to read about our policy
Well, I did read their policy- and it tells me nothing I don’t already know:
From the product-planning phase, we thoroughly ensure the safety of ingredients, materials and packaging, as well as the accuracy of product labels, in our efforts to develop safe products that customers can use with absolute confidence.
When confirming the safety of ingredients, we also pledge to minimize the use of animal testing, and strictly follow animal welfare laws and official guidelines established in Japan in cases where alternative methods cannot be found. This is a commitment we take very seriously.
“…strictly follow animal welfare laws and guidelines established in Japan.” Hmm, considering the brutal reality of the annual Taiji dolphin slaughter– this sentiment doesn’t bring much comfort.
Nonetheless, Kikkoman must stop animal testing, and they definitely must stop using the term “vegan friendly” to describe their product. In most cases order to impose change in a business; there must either be the promise of more profit, or the threat of a loss. As vegans it is out duty to boycott any cruelty to animals (even if its your favorite soy sauce brand).
Unfortunately because I had no idea ANY soy sauce animal tested, I cannot recommend Vegan soy sauces at this time- but you can try Bragg Liquid Aminos which is a healthy alternative to soy sauce created from fermented soy beans and purified water.
Don’t want to buy it? Make it yourself!
Soy-less soy sauce (gluten free)
¼ cup vegetable broth
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 ½ cups water
1 tbsp molasses
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp garlic powder
fresh ground pepper
In the meantime, you can give Kikkoman an ear full.