• 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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Die Titelseite des EU-Almanach Lebensmittelsicherheit

Together for more food safety in Europe

With support of the EFSA Focal Points, the BfR publishes the updated fourth edition of the EU Food Safety Almanac in English. The EU Almanac provides an overview of all relevant public authorities and offers insights into the structures of food and feed safety in the European Union and neighbouring countries. Translations into German, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish are soon to be published.

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Eine Frau stillt ein Baby

Who breastfeeds in Germany and for how long?

National Breastfeeding Committee at the BfR calls for national breastfeeding monitoring programme to systematically collect data on breastfeeding.

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Der Bundesminister für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, Christian Schmidt besucht das BfR

Independent, science-based risk assessment essential for consumer health protection

On the occasion of the visit of the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Christian Schmidt, the BfR provided information on current research projects.

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Bild vom Besuch des ILRI beim BfR

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) expands cooperation with Africa

BfR and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) work together to make foods safer.

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Blumen auf einer Wiese

Between low and high - what is the hazard potential of individual pyrrolizidine alkaloids?

The toxic potential of the individual PAs is central to the risk assessment process. A joint research project of the BfR and the University of Kaiserslautern funded by the DFG now intends to identify this hazard potential.

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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.

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. 

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).

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.