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Europe May Reduce Scope Of 2013 Ban On Animal-Tested Cosmetics

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

Executive Summary

The European Commission is considering whether to limit the scope of the 2013 EU ban on cosmetics tested on animals per the Seventh Amendment to the Cosmetics Directive. A decision is expected in the first half of 2012.

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