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Some examples of food-imitating products against which the Member States have taken measures

The soaps, candles and other decorative articles on the pictures below are all food-imitating and as a consequence pose a risk of choking, poisoning or perforation of the digestive tract, in particular to young children, because they can be mistaken for food and be sucked or ingested given their shape, colour, appearance and size.

In these cases, the main corrective measure taken by the national authorities (or sometimes on a voluntary basis by the producer or distributor) to prevent the risk to consumers has been the withdrawal of the food-imitating products from the market.

Directive 87/357/EEC on dangerous imitations prohibits the marketing, import and manufacture of products that look like foodstuffs but that are not edible.

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