• 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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Würfelzucker auf einem Esslöffel

Isoglucose and sucrose (household sugar) can be assessed similarly in terms of the potential to damage health

Isoglucose is used in the food industry as a substance to sweeten processed foods. The BfR has been asked whether these sweeteners, which contain a high proportion of the free monosaccharide fructose, pose a particular risk to health as compared to other sweeteners such as sucrose.

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MFDS-Koreanische Delegation

BfR MEAL Study: BfR intensifying cooperation with Republic of Korea

A delegation from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) visited the BfR. The objective was to exchange experiences on the conducting of total diet studies (TDS) and reach agreement on the areas in which the two countries can cooperate more closely.

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Das Europalogo

Special committee on the EU procedure for approval of active substances in plant protection products: BfR statements can be accessed online

More openness and transparency in the assessment of active substances contained in plant protection products – that was the plea of BfR President, Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, at the hearing before the special committee of the EU Parliament on the authorisation of plant protection products.

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Eier

Campylobacter - the germ on chicken eggs

The most important bacterial diarrhoea pathogen can be transmitted via eggshells – but protection is possible. The BfR has now determined the level of knowledge about the occurrence of Campylobacter on chicken eggs and is giving advice on how infections can be prevented.

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Schnupftabak in einer Dose

How dangerous are tobacco heaters?

New study conducted with the involvement of the BfR shows that fewer damaging substances are produced than in conventional cigarettes

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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.