Food control; control of tobacco products, cosmetics and consumer goods

The official food control not only controls food, but also consumer goods, cosmetics and tobacco products in order to ensure consumer protection.


The term " consumer goods " as defined in Section 2 (6) of the German Food, Consumer Goods and Feed Code (Lebensmittel-, Bedarfsgegenstände- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch, LFGB) includes, among others

  • Materials or objects intended to come into contact with food (e.g. food packaging, cookware and tableware),
  • packages and containers intended to come into contact with cosmetic products (e.g. cream tubes)
  • Articles intended to come into contact with the mucous membranes of the mouth (e.g. toothbrushes, toothpicks, tobacco pipes, cigarette holders).
  • articles intended for personal hygiene (e.g. combs, brushes, washcloths, towels)
  • Household cleaning products (e.g. detergents, drain cleaners) and impregnation products (e.g. moth repellents, finishes)
  • Toys (e.g. dolls, paint boxes, soft toys) and joke articles
  • Articles which are intended to come into contact with the human body other than temporarily (e.g. clothing, jewellery).
  • Agents and articles intended to improve odours in rooms (e.g. room air sprays)

According to § 2 para. 5 LFGB,cosmetic products are substances or mixtures of substances which are exclusively or predominantly intended to be applied externally to the human body or oral cavity for cleansing, protection, maintenance of good condition, perfuming, alteration of appearance or to influence body odour. These include toothpaste, soaps, creams, sunscreens, self-tanning lotions, lipsticks, nail varnish, deodorants, perfumes, etc. Cosmetic products are to be distinguished from medicinal products, among others. The decisive factor for this distinction is the intended purpose. Medicinal products are, in particular, substances intended to cure or alleviate illness, suffering, physical injury or pathological complaints.

According to Art. 2 of Directive 2014/40/EU, atobacco product is a product which can be consumed and which consists, even partially, of genetically modified or non-genetically modified tobacco.

Test results are published annually in the annual report of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety and in the Bavarian Consumer Information System (see "Further links").

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Status: 20.08.2021

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz

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