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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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