SEOUL, Nov. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will slap fines on manufacturers and retailers of cosmetics developed through tests on animals under a new regulation set to take effect in February, joining the global wave of bans on animal testing, the government said Monday.
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) said it will impose 1 million-won (US$849.3) fines on those who produce or sell finished cosmetic products that are tested on animals or contain ingredients that are tested on animals.
The government proclaimed the tougher regulation on animal-tested cosmetics on Feb. 4, giving manufacturers a one-year grace period for implementation.
The latest move follows the global campaign led by the European Union in 2013 that prohibits sales of finished cosmetics products tested on animals. In September, the EU expanded the ban to all new cosmetics and their ingredients sold in the EU, regardless of where in the world testing on the animals was carried out.