THE EUROPEAN Union has bit the bullet and agreed to ban the sales of imported cosmetics tested on animals, not only where finished products have been the subject of these experiments, but also where some ingredients have been assessed through vivisection.

Until now, the EU has feared imposing such restrictions, because of the risk that it could be found breaking World Trade Organisation rules in a disputes hearing brought by an exporting country; it could then be ordered to lift the sales ban.

But, now, following years of ...

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