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Dangerous products resembling foodstuffs

Since 1989 the European Union has banned any product which, because of its appearance, colour or smell resembles foodstuffs, especially confectionery. This prohibition includes the manufacture, marketing and import of this type of product, which may compromise health or safety by misleading consumers.


Council Directive 87/357/EEC of 25 June 1987 on the approximation of the laws of the Member States concerning products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.


The Directive applies to products which are not edible but could easily be confused with foodstuffs by their appearance, smell or packaging.

Member States must take all the measures necessary to prohibit the marketing, import and manufacture of such products.

Checks must be carried out to ensure that no such products are marketed.

If a Member State bans a product under the terms of this Directive it must inform the Commission and provide the details needed to inform the other Member States.


ActEntry into force - Date of expiryDeadline for transposition in the Member StatesOfficial Journal
Directive 87/357/EEC26.6.198726.6.1989OJ L 192 of 11.7.1987; corrigendum: OJ L 275 of 29.9.1987
Last updated: 25.09.2006
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