Urge MSG Flavor Giant Ajinomoto to End Horrific Tests on Dogs, Others

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Update: June 23, 2021
“Will Ajinomoto commit to banning all animal testing that is not explicitly required by law, as dozens of other global food and beverage companies have already done?” That’s the question a PETA representative asked executives of Ajinomoto Co., Inc.—the world’s largest manufacturer of the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) and owner of packaged frozen-food brands Tai Pei, Ling Ling, and José Olé—at the company’s virtual annual meeting.

PETA purchased stock in Ajinomoto last year to urge shareholders to end the company’s experiments on animals. You can read below about these cruel and useless tests—which are neither relevant to human health nor required by law¬¬—conducted on dogs, pigs, and other animals. Then take action to let the company know it must stop tormenting animals.

Update: May 29, 2020
It appears that Ajinomoto continues to have a problem telling anything that resembles the truth. In the U.S., the company's products are sold in Kroger stores. So we asked that grocery chain to suspend its business relationship with Ajinomoto until the MSG giant 1) agrees to prohibit the commissioning, funding, and conducting of all tests on animals and 2) informs PETA before pursuing any tests on animals that the company believes a government agency explicitly requires so that our international team of scientists can help the company avoid such tests. Kroger responded by telling us, "We have confirmed with Ajinomoto that the products they produce for Kroger have never had animal testing conducted on them."

Nice try, Ajinomoto.

It may not have poured Tai Pei Sweet & Sour Chicken, Ling Ling Asian Kitchen Chicken & Vegetable Dumpling, or José Olé Beef & Cheese Chimichanga down the throats of rats and mice, but it did test many ingredients in those products (and others) on these animals—and on dogs, pigs, and rabbits—in cruel and deadly laboratory experiments that have zero relevance to human health and are not required by law.

For instance, Ajinomoto experimenters fed rats cornmeal with casein and soy protein, repeatedly took their blood, starved them overnight, then killed and dissected them. In another test, experimenters killed mice who had colitis; injected cells from the dead animals into another group of mice; fed them soybeans, corn, wheat, fish meal, or milk; and then killed and dissected them.

Updated December 16, 2019:
Ajinomoto North America—the U.S. subsidiary of Japan-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc.—has misleadingly and publicly claimed that its "products are not tested on animals and haven't been in over 20 years," despite its parent company actively pursuing cruel and deadly animal tests. For example, in an experiment published in 2018 that was conducted and co-authored by Ajinomoto, experimenters fed mice a high-fat diet with and without an amino acid mixture, starved them, injected them with glucose, repeatedly took their blood, forced them to run uphill on treadmills with increasing speeds until exhausted, and killed and dissected them. Learn more below and take action to let Ajinomoto know what you think of its horrific experiments, which only serve to torment dogs, mice, pigs, rabbits, and other animals.

Japan-based conglomerate Ajinomoto Co., Inc.—the world's largest manufacturer of the controversial food flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) as well as the owner of packaged frozen food brands Tai Pei, Ling Ling, and José Olé—has been tormenting thousands of dogs, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice, pigs, rabbits, and rats in horrific and deadly experiments since the 1950s. The company has refused to end worthless animal testing using its ingredients.

It's time Ajinomoto paid attention, and we need your help.

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Why Animal Testing?
Food companies frequently torment and kill animals in abusive tests to make dubious human health claims about food products and ingredients in order to market them to consumers. But the truth is that these experiments aren't required by law, nor do they have any relevance to human health.

It doesn't have to be this way. Superior non-animal research methods, including studies safely conducted on human volunteers or donated human tissue, are readily available, more affordable than animal tests, and far more reliable.

What Is Ajinomoto Doing to Animals?
Ajinomoto experimenters have cut open dogs' stomachs and inserted tubes, starved them for 18 hours, given them liquid diets with MSG and other common amino acids, taken their stomach fluid, and injected them with drugs. They've also fed rabbits a common amino acid, starved them, repeatedly taken their blood, and then killed and dissected them. And Ajinomoto has funded or conducted recently published experiments in which rats or mice have endured their nerves being cut and have been starved, forced to run or swim, force-fed, injected with a variety of toxic cancer drugs, electrocuted, and cut open, causing some to die from botched surgeries while others were killed and dissected.

What's PETA Doing to Help?
PETA is leading the global effort to end abhorrent animal testing in the food and beverage industry. Major companies such as Kellogg, The Coca-Cola Company, and General Mills have adopted new policies banning animal tests following talks with PETA scientists. It's time that Ajinomoto joined the dozens of other food and beverage companies throughout the world that, after talking with PETA, have stopped funding or conducting shocking animal tests that aren't even required by law.

Please take action and let Ajinomoto know that it's time it banned animal testing.

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