Drugs technical advisory board recommends import ban on comestics tested on animals abroad
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Noida: Cosmetics company godown gutted in fire
"We got an emergency call from the Oriflame godown at around 9:20 pm last night, following which three fire tenders were rushed there immediately. "(But) seeing the intensity of the blaze, more fire tenders were requisitioned from Ghaziabad, Bulandshahar, Sikandarabad and Noida," Fire Station Officer, Matloob Hasan said. A total of 15 fire tenders were sent to combat the blaze, which was brought under control by around 1 am, he said. However, fire tenders continued to remain at the spot till this morning as inflammable cosmetics continued to catch fire in different parts of the godown, he said. "Firemen are extinguishing flames inside (the godown). Flames in the peripheral area have been extinguished," Mr Hasan said. The godown is located at Habibpur, near Mahila Udyami Park, and occupies a 4,000 square metre plot.
This decision taken on November 25, 3013 comes on the heels of recently enacted ban on the import, marketing and sale of cosmetics and their ingredients tested on animals in the European Union and Israel and a recent decision to remove animal tests for cosmetics in the Bureau of Indian Standard which prepare standards for cosmetics ((IS 4011:1997-Method of Test for Safety Evaluation of Cosmetics). "We commend DTAB for their recommendation which can only mean good things for animals, and good things for science. Compliance with international standards can help ensure cruel and outdated animal tests for lipstick and eye-shadow become history around the globe," said PETA India's science policy adviser, Dr Chaitanya Koduri, who holds an official seat on India's Cosmetics Sectional Committee. "PETA India looks forward to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare officially bringing in a ban on cosmetics tested on animals abroad and working with the government on the next step - a ban on animal testing of household products such as floor cleaners, and the marketing and sale of household products that have been tested on animals in India," Dr Chaitanya Koduri said During cosmetics tests, harsh chemicals may be dripped into rabbits' eyes, smeared onto animals' http://www.ajc.com/ abraded skin, or forced down their throats. More than 1,200 companies around the world are using modern and reliable non-animal tests for their products.
China considers end to mandatory animal testing on cosmetics
Animal testing would no longer be mandatory for "non-specialized cosmetics", including shampoo, soaps and certain skin products manufactured in China from June next year, according to a document posted on the website of the China Food and Drug Administration earlier this month. Beauty companies have long faced an ugly dilemma in China. Local laws and regulations require animal testing for cosmetic products sold in the country, which has made the lucrative market a tricky area for brands that want to sell in China without alienating consumers in other places that frown upon animal testing. State's new problem: Stoned dogs Was Westminster dog poisoned? "Non-specialized cosmetics produced in China could avoid toxicological testing after going through risk and safety checks," the China Food and Drug Administration said. Imported cosmetics are not covered in the proposal. But the document indicated that China would gradually ease regulations on animal testing, which would allow more international firms opposed to animal testing to enter China's 134 billion yuan ($22 billion) cosmetics market. READ: From poison to potion: Toxins turned into life-saving drugs Current regulations require all cosmetics to go through a lengthy approval process known as "toxicological testing" which involves testing on animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. "The Body Shop welcomes the signals that the Chinese authorities are adopting a new approach to cosmetic testing," spokeswoman Louise Terry said in emailed comments from London.