Policies and practices on antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, hormone, and/or growth promotion treatments, by species and breed type
As a company, we are not involved in animal husbandry, nor do we slaughter any animals ourselves (regarding the supply chain, see 414-2). The dogs and cats that are kept by the Symrise subsidiary Diana are primarily used to conduct taste tests, while fish and shrimp in the Diana Aqua segment are used for product tests.
If needed, our dogs and cats receive antibiotics and anti-inflammatory treatment. The animals are held only as subjects for pet food taste tests. After several years they are put up for adoption or sold.
Any treatments comply with the legal provisions of the attending veterinarian. They are always performed by animal caretakers and trained specialists. All treatments are documented in the respective individual files and the general register for each facility.
In the Diana Aqua segment, no use is made of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory agents or hormones. The goal of fish and shrimp tests is rather to demonstrate the advantages of our products. Achieving this goal would be impaired or invalidated by the use of such substances for the reduction of mortality rates or resistance to environmental influences in breeding.