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In March, L’Oréal announced it was partnering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help put an end to animal testing in the beauty industry. The cosmetics firm agreed to furnish the EPA with $1.2 million in collaborative research funding, along with safety data from a set of representative ingredients used in its formulations. The goal? To expand the scope of the federal agency’s ToxCast assay tool, which screens environmental substances for potential human toxicity. By comparing ToxCast results to L’Oréal’s data, scientists plan to determine how reliable or relevant it might be as an index for chemicals in cosmetics—no flying fur necessary.


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