China is considering allowing the sale of some cosmetics without requiring them to be tested on animals, opening up the mainland market to international firms opposed to the practice, Shanghai Daily reported on Thursday, citing the Food and Drug Administration. Under the proposal, “non-specialized cosmetics” made in China, including shampoos, soaps, nail products and some skin products, could be sold from June next year without undergoing animal testing, according to the newspaper, citing reports from news agencies. The change could enable firms which do not allow the practice, such as British cosmetics retailer The Body Shop, owned by L’Oreal, to enter the country’s 134 billion yuan (US$22 billion) cosmetics market, the report said. Imported cosmetics of all types and “specialized cosmetics” made in China will not be not covered by the proposed change, according to the administration.
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