New Jersey to ban cosmetic products tested on animals

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As of March 1, 2022, stores in New Jersey will have to removed animal-tested cosmetics products from their shelves according to a new law signed by Governor Phil Murphy. The governor signed into law a bill, which had bipartisan support which will ban the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals in the state.

According to S-1726/A-795 (Lagana, Pou/Verrelli, Swain, Zwicker) – Prohibits sale of cosmetic products that have been tested on animals:

“No [person or] manufacturer shall sell or offer for sale in the State any cosmetic that was developed or manufactured using an animal test. If the test was conducted or contracted by the manufacturer or any supplier of the manufacturer on or after [January 1].

Legislation from Office of the Governor

The law, however does provide some exceptions which includes if testing is required by a federal or state regulator, if an ingredient is widely-used and irreplaceable, if there is a specific human health problem associated with the ingredient and the need to conduct an animal test on the ingredient is justified and supported by a research protocol, or if there is no accepted alternate way to test the product.

Anyone breaking the law could face a fine of up $1,000 per sale. Although the law goes into effect on March 1, 2022, it does not apply to items tested before January 1,2020 even if the product is sold after that date.

It’s a beginning, and it’s more than some states have even discussed. Fortunately, New Jersey will become the eighth state to pass such a law, following California Nevada, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, Maine and Hawaii.

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