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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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Insekten auf einem Löffel

Insects as Food and Feed - Food of the Future?

According to a current representative BfR survey, the majority of Germans assume that the consumption of insects does not involve a health risk, but they would like more information on this before they would be willing to eat them.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

WHO/FAO committee (JMPR) re-assesses glyphosate and confirms the BfR and EFSA conclusion that a carcinogenic risk is not to be expected

After the Joint Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment and the World Health Organization (WHO) Core Assessment Group on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) in Geneva from 9 to 13 May, the JMPR comes to the conclusion that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.

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Eine Mutter bereitet mit ihrer Tochter Lebensmittel zu

Three quarters of the population believe that food in Germany is safe

When it comes to food, the German population's risk perception is contradictory. This is one of the findings of the third BfR consumer monitor.

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Man hält einen Bericht in den Händen

BfR Publishes Workshop Report on the Meeting of Experts on Endocrine Disruptors

A consensus on the identification of endocrine disruptors was prepared at the meeting of experts organised by the BfR on 11 and 12 April 2016 in Berlin.

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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.