Chemical firms "hypocritical over animal tests"

NGO alleges sector inflating testing requirements of stronger EU chemicals policy

Europe's chemical industry was today accused of "hypocrisy" over its stance on the animal testing requirements of strengthened EU chemical policies that should see faster assessments of thousands of "existing substances" marketed before 1981.

In a report issued by its London office, Friends of the Earth (FoE) accused the industry of using inflated estimates of animal testing requirements to argue against faster assessment of existing substances, while simultaneously recommending more animal experiments in its own counter-proposals.

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