• 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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Impression aus dem Hörsaal des BfR

What does the future hold for harmonised human health risk assessment of plant protection products? Workshop on the optimisation and harmonisation of the risk assessment procedure at the BfR

About 100 participants followed an invitation of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the EU Commission to mainly discuss topics that triggers controversial debates within the society.

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In einer Großküche wird Salat angerichtet

Small errors, fatal consequences: Why kitchen hygiene is not only important in canteens and restaurants but also at home

In Germany, every year more than 100,000 cases of illness are statistically recorded whose pathogen can be transferred via food. The proper handling of food in communal catering facilities and restaurants as well as at home is of high importance for avoiding food-borne infections.

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Arzneimittel in einer Flasche

FAQ about the antibiotic Colistin and transferrable Colistin resistance in bacteria

Colistin is an antimicrobial which is used predominantly in veterinary medicine to treat infections. The BfR has summarised and answered FAQ on colistin.

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Ein Koch mit Lebensmitteln

Kitchen hygiene in the spotlight: Do TV cooking shows influence our hygiene behaviour?

Surveys show, that consumers often underestimate the health risks of poor kitchen hygiene. Against this background, the BfR has investigated in a current research project the influence of TV cooking shows on kitchen hygiene in the home.

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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.