The whole food market supports federal legislation to end animal testing for cosmetics

Whole Foods Market became the latest company to support the Humane Cosmetics Act, federal legislation that would end the production and sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the United States.

With a few exceptions, the legislation would end all animal testing for cosmetic products and ingredients in the United States and ban the import of cosmetics that have been tested on animals around the world.

“At Whole Foods Market, we believe that what goes on in your body is as important as what it contains and we pride ourselves on inspiring people to optimize wellness beyond what they eat,” said Jen Coccaro, vice president of merchandising for health, wellness and beauty at Whole Foods Market. “We know our customers appreciate carefully selected beauty and body care products that avoid animal testing and we are proud of the progress we have made so far. We look forward to continuing to work with the Humane Society of the United States and stakeholders across the industry to raise the bar in animal welfare and enable our customers to make better decisions for their body and mind. ” .

Whole Foods Market, which sells cosmetics and manufactures its own brand of 365 personal care products from Whole Foods Market, operates more than 500 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

The momentum for passing the Humane Cosmetics Act continues to grow, with some of the strongest support coming from the cosmetics industry itself. Over 370 independent companies now officially pass the Humane Cosmetics Act, as well as nearly 600 member companies of the Personal Care Products Council, the cosmetics trade association, which also supports the bill.

Companies can already create innovative products using thousands of ingredients that have a history of safe use and require no further testing. Furthermore, modern testing methods (such as human cell-based tests and sophisticated computer models) have replaced outdated animal testing. These non-animal technologies are often faster, cheaper, and are more reliable predictors of human safety.

“Years ago, Whole Foods Market added cruelty-free cosmetics to store shelves, setting the stage for its approval of the Humane Cosmetics Act,” said Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society’s Legislative Fund. “Now, passing the bill will ensure that store shelves around the world sell nothing but human cosmetics.”

Eight states in the United States have passed laws to end the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in recent years. Cosmetic companies must now comply with California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, and Virginia laws that prohibit the sale of cosmetics that are subject to new animal testing. Forty-one countries have also passed laws that would end or restrict animal testing on cosmetics.

“Whole Foods Market has been popular with socially conscious consumers for years. By joining the growing consensus among companies that have passed the Humane Cosmetics Act, they are showing that they value the ethics of their customers, “said Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States.” We can’t wait to get to work. with them to ensure that the United States becomes the next country to require cosmetic companies to replace primitive animal testing with cutting-edge science that is more relevant to humans, helping animals and consumers alike. “

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