Rational Product Development
The safety of our products is the highest priority for Kikkoman. In every step of the product-planning process, we are committed to the safety of our ingredients and packaging materials, as well as to the accuracy of product labels. This commitment enables consumers to use our products with absolute confidence.
In the past, in cases where there were no alternative testing methods available, we strictly adhered to Japan's Act on the Welfare and Management of Animals and other laws and official guidelines, as well as the 3Rs of international ethical principles for animal testing. These include:
- Replacement: searching for testing methods which avoid or replace the use of animals
- Reduction: using testing methods that minimize the number of animals used
- Refinement: choosing methods that minimize suffering and improve animal welfare
Now, Kikkoman is committed to non-animal approaches to test the safety of our products when we use biological methods. Kikkoman is introducing and developing non-animal testing methods, and conducts no animal testing across any of its product lines. However, on rare occasions, we must do so to be accountable for public safety and to comply with the demands of government authorities in several countries.
In order to ensure safety on a microbiological level, we also carry out regular and full hygiene and production environment inspections.
Our aim now is the same as it has always been: to continue working to provide customers with products that are both delicious and safe.