• 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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In einer Großküche wird Salat angerichtet

Food made from leaves and grasses may contain pathogens

Most people view lettuce, leafy vegetables, herbs, teas and green smoothies as healthy foods. Which makes it more important to point out that good hygiene practices are also necessary with these foods.

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Geräucherte Wurstwaren

Frequently asked questions about smoke flavourings

Smoke flavourings are used as an alternative to traditional smoking.The BfR has summarised the most important questions and answers on smoke flavourings.

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Piktogramm zur Kennzeichnung von Stillräumen

Breastfeeding is healthy and can’t wait

The National Breastfeeding Committee at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has formulated core messages to increase acceptance of breastfeeding in public

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Auf der Jagd erlegte Wildschweine

Wild boar meat can contain Duncker’s muscle fluke

Wild boar meat can be infected with parasites which can pose a health risk to humans after consumption. That is why the meat is inspected with regard to hygiene before it is put on the market.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Glyphosate: EFSA and ECHA respond to Christopher Portier

On behalf of the EU Commission - BfR - the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a response on 6 July 2017 to an open letter addressed to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

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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.