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Below, is a list of commonly asked questions, if you don’t find the answers you are looking for, please contact us.

What about animal welfare?

OIE's guidelines for animal welfare are respected in the countries where the FBS is collected (OIE Terrestrial Code 7.5 Slaughter of Animals).

Link to the EFSA explanation : Animal Welfare EFSA Article

See article "Fetal Bovine Serum and the Slaughter of Pregnant Cows : Animal Welfare and Ethics"

Are there alternatives to FBS?

There are some cell lines specific serum-free alternatives available, including Biowest FreeAdd (Catalogue Number S6000). In most cases, cell adaptation is needed, yields are lower and costs are higher.

Why kill pregnant animals?

The slaughtering of pregnant animals is, in most cases, an unplanned event. The frequency depends on farming techniques. In most cases, the condition of gestation is unknown; especially where animals are produced naturally; in the case of cattle moving freely around, grass fed, heifers and steers together. No cows are killed with the main purpose of harvesting the fetal blood. The blood is collected as a by-product from cattle slaughter operations for the bovine meat. The pregnancy condition is unknown when an animal enters the slaughtering line. The percentage of pregnant cows going to slaughter is very low and decreasing year by year as cattle farming techniques constantly improve.

Link to the EFSA explanation : Animal Welfare EFSA Article

See article "Fetal Bovine Serum and the Slaughter of Pregnant Cows : Animal Welfare and Ethics"

 

Do the animals suffer?

The collection of the blood is done without causing pain to the fetus. The fetus's life ends through oxygen depletion, generally agreed to be a gentle method of life termination. Cell culture technology can reduce the use of live animals in science. Research is also being done to produce meat by cell culture, which could ultimately lead to the end of breeding animals for food.

Link to the EFSA explanation : Animal Welfare EFSA Article

See article "Fetal Bovine Serum and the Slaughter of Pregnant Cows : Animal Welfare and Ethics"