South Korea: Five year plan to reduce cosmetics testing on animals announced
The South Korean Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in January announced a “Five Year Plan for Animal Welfare,” which was submitted by national assembly members in March. The first phase of the plan will ban testing on finished cosmetic products while testing of cosmetic ingredients will be banned in 2017. The bans however only apply where there are Korean government-accepted alternatives; it exempts some product categories, such as preservatives, sunscreens and colorants, and it does not limit the sale of cosmetics tested in animals in other countries. Currently nine alternative methods have government approval in South Korea.
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