• 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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Ein Mann behandelt eine Pflanze mit Pflanzenschutzmitteln

Glyphosate assessment: BfR rejects plagiarism accusations

The BfR reviewed independently all original studies of the applicants as well as publications from the scientific literature in the RAR and the corresponding addendum.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Glyphosate: BfR has reviewed and assessed the original studies of the applicants in depth

In response to the inquiries regarding the Renewal Assessment Report (RAR) on glyphosate, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) would like to explain the legally prescribed procedure.

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Ein Mann hat einen Hartzuckerball im Mund

Suffocation risk from small hard sugar balls

The BfR has assessed the size at which small hard sugar balls are still large enough that accidental or intentional swallowing can result in blocking of the airways in children from the age of 5.

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Tee im Glas

Contaminants in food: health risks of natural origin are frequently underestimated

Just under 60 percent of the German population view undesirable substances in food as a high or very high health risk.

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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.