Individual products are certified with the V Sign, and products that meet our criteria are certified. Our goal is to promote a vegan lifestyle and encourage producers to develop their offerings in this segment.
Products marked with the V Sign do not contain any animal ingredients
For the production of food, chemical and cosmetic products and others, animal parts can be used as intermediate ingredients, no longer present in the final composition of the finished product, but used as an "intermediary" to create a raw material that will be used in the final product. An example is the production of juices or wine. In the case of these products, a clarification process is performed, i.e. cleaning the juice from cloudy sediment. For this process, you can use animal ingredients such as gelatin, fish glue, casein, chicken or mineral egg protein such as bentonite, kaolin, silica sol, activated carbon, tannin, copper sulphate, agar. These products are not present in the final product composition presented on the label.
Products marked with the V Sign are not tested on animals
Animal testing of products is a very complex issue. There are areas where testing of individual ingredients and finished products is legally required. It is mainly the pharmaceutical (drugs) and chemical (biocides) industries. It is in these areas that the law requires testing, and it is there that most animals are subjected to such tests. According to Cruelty Free International, more than 1 million animals worldwide are used for research in research laboratories each year.
The cosmetics industry is the only one that is prohibited from testing on animals.
There is a total ban on animal testing of cosmetic products in the European Union. Polish law provides for heavy penalties for breaking this prohibition. (DZ.U. z dn. 29.11.2018, ustawa z dnia 4.10.2018). You cannot test finished products, individual ingredients of products on animals, or bring and sell tested products to the European Union.
The ban on animal testing is also in force in other countries, e.g. Israel, India, Norway, Turkey, New Zealand, Taiwan ... The ban is already in force in 40 countries. In many other countries there is no prohibition of testing, but also no warrant, which means that in practice they are not done.
Unfortunately, Asian countries, especially China, use animal testing and even Chinese law requires it. Cosmetics sold in China as part of the product registration process must be tested on animals. This applies to cosmetics imported into China and "special use" cosmetics produced in China, including deodorants and sunscreen products. In practice, this means that cosmetic products on Chinese store shelves have been checked in this way. In addition, random checks of cosmetics are also used, the so-called post market testing. The exceptions are products sold in free-trade zones, e.g. Hong Kong or on-line sales channels.
European companies are putting pressure on Chinese authorities to abandon animal testing and to introduce alternative cosmetic testing methods used all over the world, but the process is very slow.
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