Blommer bans animal tests on ingredients after PETA push

By Anthony Myers

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Blommer Chocolate is a owned by Fuji Holdings Inc. Pic:  Blommer Chocolate
Blommer Chocolate is a owned by Fuji Holdings Inc. Pic: Blommer Chocolate

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Blommer Chocolate Company, the largest cocoa processor and chocolate ingredient supplier in North America, has announced it has joined a growing list of major chocolate manufacturers, such as Arcor, Barry Callebaut, Ezaki Glico Co, The Hershey Company, Lindt & Sprüngli, Meiji Co, and Ritter Sport to work with PETA to end or never pursue food and beverage tests on animals.

As part of its campaign to end animal testing in the global food industry, PETA has exposed how, for decades, various manufacturers have funded, conducted, or supported laboratory tests in which thousands of animals have been cut open, tormented, and killed - all in misguided attempts to make marketing claims about products ranging from ramen noodles to candy bars and from breakfast cereals to alcohol.

Even though its parent company, Fuji Holdings Inc, has banned animal tests, PETA discovered evidence of deadly animal experiments on at least 172 mice involving cocoa products provided by Blommer.

Following talks, Blommer has announced that it “will not fund, conduct, or commission animal testing​” and “will place stipulations on product donations for experiments that product not be used in deadly animal testing​.”

PETA Vice President Shalin Gala said: “Kind shoppers will be delighted to learn that Blommer Chocolate Company has stopped supporting cruel tests on mice.

“Banning wasteful, curiosity-driven, lethal animal experiments is a win for those imprisoned in laboratories and consumers alike, and PETA is leading the effort to end these tests in the global food and beverage industry.”

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