Written by Jeff Mackey
to guidance from PETA-funded scientists, Chinese officials are now in the final
stages of approving the country's first non-animal testing method for cosmetics
3T3 Neutral Red Uptake Phototoxicity Assay, which tests chemicals for their
potential toxicity when they come into contact with sunlight—and which is
already in widespread use in the U.S. and the E.U.—is expected to be accepted
in China by late summer.
summer, when we discovered that China was requiring animal tests for cosmetics
to be funded by cosmetics companies—including Avon, Estée Lauder, and Mary Kay,
which for years had been on PETA's list of companies that don't test cosmetics on animals—PETA awarded a grant to scientists at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences. These scientists traveled to China
several times to offer their expertise and guidance in replacing animal-based
tests—which are cruel and
unreliable—with non-animal alternatives.
is delighted to have helped jump-start the acceptance of non-animal tests in
China and congratulates Chinese officials for acting swiftly to implement the first
in a wide range of non-animal
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