• 15-Jahre Headergrafik eng. Identify Risks - Protect Health These are the tasks which are incumbent on the German Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) when it comes to progressive consumer protection. They encompass the independent assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Glyphosate: New epidemiological study finds no connection between cases of cancer and use of plant protection products containing glyphosate

The BfR has made an initial assessment of the new study, which was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Ein Stück Schokolade aus einem Adventskalender

Questions and answers on mineral oil components in food

The contamination of foods with mineral oil components from food packagings is undesirable. Below, the BfR has put together frequently asked questions and answers regarding mineral oil components that can transfer from packagings into foods.

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Menschen beim Lernen

7th BfR-Summer Academy 2018

We are pleased to announce the 7th BfR-Summer Academy on Risk Assessment and Risk Communication in the area of Food Safety in Berlin, organised by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

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Das BfR unterzeichnet einen Kooperationsvertrag mit der schwedischen Lebensmittelbehörde

Jointly mastering the challenges of food safety in globalised markets

BfR and Swedish Food Authority cooperating on the detection of contaminants, strategies against antimicrobial resistance and risk communication.

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Eine Ratte

New options for more animal welfare: deeper insight into animal tests promotes targeted development of alternative methods

In Germany, non-technical summaries of all authorised projects involving animals are published in the database "AnimalTestInfo", which is operated by the BfR and is at present unique world-wide.

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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.