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7/12/06--Ask Kao Brands For Beauty Without Cruelty<br><br>
KINSHIP CRCLE LETTER CAMPAIGN<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Monthly Action for Animals in Labs<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Companies That DO and DON'T Test On Animals:<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Product Testing Fact Sheet<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Kao Brands Company<br><br><a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
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Kao Brands Company<br><br>
2535 Spring Grove Ave.<br><br>
Cincinnati, OH 45214-1773<br><br>
ph: 513-421-1400<br><br>
web email: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br><br><br><br>
Dear Sir/Madam:<br><br><br><br>
I would like to purchase Kao brands such as Jergens, John Frieda, Ban,<br><br>
Biore, Curel. However, I do not feel confident using personal care items<br><br>
that are deemed safe in animal tests. With growing recognition of the<br><br>
inability to extrapolate data from animals to people, I have chosen to<br><br>
exclusively buy products approved in non-animal studies.<br><br><br><br>
Can you please update me on your testing policies? I will gladly share your<br><br>
statement with other conscientious consumers.<br><br><br><br>
As you know, the Consumer Product Safety Commission does not require animal<br><br>
testing for household goods (1). The Food and Drug Administration does not<br><br>
stipulate animal studies for cosmetics (2). Over 600 cruelty-free companies<br><br>
now manufacture quality products using non-animal systems more relevant to<br><br>
human health and safety.<br><br><br><br>
I am concerned about the rising number of animal-tested goods that are<br><br>
recalled or relabeled due to harmful repercussions in people. If you have<br><br>
not done so already, I urge you to transition to human-focused methods that<br><br>
vary from cell and tissue cultures to computerized "structure-activity<br><br>
relationship" models.<br><br><br><br>
Corrositex, for example, is a human skin equivalent that eliminates the need<br><br>
for animals in skin corrosion tests. The Epipack Test (cloned human skin<br><br>
cells to assess response to a skin irritant) can supplant Draize skin tests<br><br>
in which chemicals seep into the fur-stripped skin of immobilized animals<br><br>
for days to weeks.<br><br><br><br>
Episkin (3-dimensional human skin model) and EpiDerm (neonatal skin cells<br><br>
cultivated into 3-D tissue to simulate human skin) are scientifically<br><br>
validated alternatives to smearing an animal's back with caustic chemicals.<br><br>
Both tests are accepted globally as complete replacements for rabbit skin<br><br>
corrosion studies (3).<br><br><br><br>
The cell-based 3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Test is yet another<br><br>
substantiated alternate to the use of guinea pigs and mice to analyze a<br><br>
chemical's toxicity under ultraviolet radiation. The 3T3 test furnishes a<br><br>
dependable measure of sun-stimulated skin irritation.<br><br><br><br>
I strongly encourage Kao Brands Company to embrace human-focused studies<br><br>
that are more cost-effective, pertinent to people, and humane.<br><br><br><br>
Thank you for your valuable time and consideration,<br><br><br><br><br><br>
(1) "Animal Testing Policy," Consumer Product Safety Commission, 49 FR<br><br>
22522, 30 May 1984.<br><br>
(2) U.S. Food and Drug Administration, "Animal Testing," Office of Cosmetics<br><br>
and Colors Factsheet, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 3 May<br><br>
(3) National Toxicology Program, "Episkin(TM), EpiDerm(TM), and Rat Skin<br><br>
Transcutaneous Electrical Resistance (TER), In Vitro Test Methods for<br><br>
Assessing the Dermal Corrosivity Potential of Chemicals," National Institute<br><br>
of Environmental Health Sciences, Aug. 2001.<br><br><br><br>
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