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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 independent assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.
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Oil spills off the German coast: the quest for the best combat strategy

In order to mitigate the effects of oil spills, different measures can be taken including the use of dispersants. These are mixtures of substances which help to break up oil films on the surface of the water and to break them down into fine droplets, so-called dispersions.

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Bratwürste auf einem Holzkohlegrill

Selected questions and answers about barbecuing

To ensure that nothing puts a damper on the fun of barbecuing, the BfR has compiled some frequently asked questions and answers on the correct handling of foods, liquid grill lighters and lamp oils.

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Füllen des Stempels für die Übertragung der Salmonellen

High season for salmonella and campylobacter

Summertime is germ time: as the temperature increases, the number of illnesses caused by bacteria goes up too. Over a time period of four years, the scientists analysed data on ambient temperature and data on the prevalence of salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis collected in the cities of Berlin and Munich as well as three rural areas in Germany.

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Ein Laborgefäß mit Styrol

Levels of styrene oligomers measured in food simulants show that health risks are unlikely

Polystyrenes are plastics which are also used for food contact materials such as packagings and utensils. In addition to polystyrene, smaller molecules (styrene oligomers) which can transfer from the material to the food are also produced during the manufacturing process. The BfR has evaluated whether migrations of this kind pose a health risk to consumers.

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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.