• 15-Jahre Headergrafik eng. 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 independent assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.

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German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R) at the Long Night of the Sciences: Animal experiments and alternatives

In a series of presentations and at information booths, the German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R) at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Charité Medical School are giving a joint insight into the many facets of experimental research with animals while also showing alternative approaches.

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Lebensmittel auf einem Grill

Barbecuing - summer fun for outdoors only

If charcoal burns incompletely, carbon monoxide is formed which can lead to fatal poisonings. For this reason, the BfR advises against the use of charcoal barbecues in indoor areas.

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Ein Fisch in einer Schale

Increase in ciguatera fish poisoning cases in Europe

European cooperation project EuroCigua investigates risks and spread of ciguatoxin poisoning.

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Nanoparticles: What is their fate and how do they change?

BfR coordinating a research project examining airborne particle mixtures and their possible effects on health.

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Untersuchung von Aluminium-Menüschalen im Labor

BfR Research: Proof of the transfer of aluminium from menu trays to food

Foods from uncoated aluminium trays can contain high levels of aluminium. This is the result of a BfR research project in which several foods were examined in an exploratory investigation.

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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.