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  • Reagenzgläser Identify risks - Protect Health These are the tasks which are incumbent on the Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) when it comes to progressive consumer protection. They encompass the assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.
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Reagenzgläser mit Milch

BfR Workshop in Tanzania: milk testing in theory and praxis

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) organized a workshop for students and laboratory technicians, together with IRLI in Tanzania. During the one-week training the participants gained from increased knowledge and understanding of theory as well as practical experience in microbiological assessment of raw milk.

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Getränkedosen

BfR advises against beer can chicken

Various cooking recipes are currently being circulated, for example on the Internet, for grilling a chicken on a beer can. In the opinion of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), this type of preparation is not advisable.

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Eine Maus sitzt auf einer Brotscheibe

Mouse baits can pose a hazard to humans

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has published a leaflet on the safe use of mouse baits. The BfR leaflet offers health protection advice for consumers.

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Mehrere farbige Servietten

Primary aromatic amines from printed food contact materials such as napkins or bakery bags

The BfR recommends that only colour pigments be used that do not contain any carcinogenic aromatic amine component.

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The Institute

The Institute

The Institute was set up in November 2002 to strengthen consumer health protection. It is the scientific agency of the Federal Republic of Germany which is responsible for preparing expert reports and opinions on food and feed safety as well as on the safety of substances and products.

Food Safety

Food Safety

BfR endeavours to constantly undertake topical assessments of the risks associated with foods - be it from heavy metals, pesticide residues, toxic ingredients or the like (substance risks), be it from bacteria, viruses or fungi (microbial risks) or be it risks from novel technologies in food production (novel foods).

Product safety

Product safety

For health assessment the decisive factor is whether and, if so, on what scale consumers come into contact with the substances contained in the products and what health risks these might entail. This requires knowledge about the numerous substances, materials and their processing into various products. 

Chemicals

Chemicals

Chemicals are encountered in almost all areas of daily life. That's why stiff requirements must be imposed to ensure the safe handling of chemicals. The proper handling of chemicals may not constitute a risk to the health of man or to the environment.