The L’Oréal-owned beauty company, The Body Shop, known for manufacturing cruelty-free products, has reportedly removed all of its products from duty-free stores in Chinese airports after learning that the products were at risk of random testing on animals by the country’s authorities. Although airport-sold products are exempt from China’s mandatory animal-testing regulations, they are apparently subject to random spot tests by Chinese authorities.
“It’s a standard part of the Chinese cosmetic regulation process,” said CEO Alan Kirkland of the Australian watchdog group Choice, which led the investiga- tion into the products’ sale. “Chinese officials have said  there is no way that a product sold in airports could be guaranteed to be exempt from that. There is no way they can guarantee those products are not tested on animals.”
A Body Shop Australia spokesperson reportedly said that all products have been removed from airport stores while the company works with Chinese authorities to determine the full nature of the post-market testing. “We still maintain that we’re very much committed to our cruelty-free values,” the spokesperson said. “We’re working very closely with Chinese authorities to get to the bottom of what’s happening … [and] we will not waiver on our cruelty- free commitment. If it comes about that there’s any reason to be concerned, we will absolutely stay out of the [Chinese] market.” See TheGuardian.com, March 11, 2014; The Body Shop News Release, March 12, 2014.
Meanwhile, Tarte Cosmetics, a beauty company that has traditionally marketed itself as an environmentally conscious cosmetics company that does not test products on animals, has come under scrutiny following its recent acquisition by Kosè Corp., a Japanese cosmetics company. Like many Asian countries, Japanese regulations require animal testing on cosmetic products, and, according to news sources, although Tarte CEO and Founder Maureen Kelly has stated that Tarte will remain a cruelty-free company and will never test products on animals, many Tarte customers are upset about the acquisition and have stated that they will no longer purchase the company’s products. See LogicalHarmony.net, March 18, 2014.