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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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Vorbereitung von Proben für eine PCR-Analyse

Tracking Down the Food Fraudsters

The "FoodAuthent" project (development of a system for the collection, analysis and utilisation of product authenticity data) will in particular further develop the outline conditions for the routine use of chemical-analytical fingerprinting methods.

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Fleisch wird auf einem Brett mit dem Messer geschnitten

Current avian flu outbreak: Virus transmission (H5N8) via the consumption of poultry meat and poultry meat products unlikely

A virus of the subtype H5N8 has been detected in the current outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) among wild birds. Infections of humans with H5N8 have not been reported yet. The transmission of the pathogen (H5N8) via infected food is theoretically conceivable but unlikely.

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Laborwaage

Questions and answers on naphthalene in consumer products

Due to the current discussions about naphthalene in consumer products, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has compiled some questions and answers on the subject in the following paragraphs.

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Impression aus dem Hörsaal des BfR

Between truth claims and wishful thinking - science for politics and society

How can and should political decision makers be advised in concrete scientific terms? On 18 November 2016, the BfR will host a stakeholder conference to explore the subject of "scientific advice to policymakers" from different perspectives.

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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.