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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 assessment of existing and the identification of new health risks.
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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Experts discuss how to further standardise the assessment for safe use of plant protection products

Assessment of the health risks posed to operators and uninvolved third parties during and after application of plant protection products is to be further standardised in the zonal authorisation procedure within the European Union.

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Analytik im Labor

EHEC, salmonella etc: new method helps to identify the causes of disease outbreaks

Together with cooperation partners, the BfR has developed a computer-assisted method for the analysis of sales data in order to identify suspect foods more quickly.

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Holzpellets

Avoiding toxic gases from the pellet bunker

The manufacturing process involving cutting up, heating and drying of the wood and the shavings gives rise to auto-oxidation processes in certain wood components. For example, gases are formed from unsaturated fatty acids, such as the harmful carbon monoxide (CO) and various aldehydes. Even months after production, the pellets can still emit gases.

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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.