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  • Reagenzgläser 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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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

Population still considers coronavirus pandemic relevant

Interim results of the BfR Corona Monitor launched in March show trends in the perception of the pandemic.

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Mann hält einen Bericht in den Händen

Is the state a scientist? Cologne Regional Court confirms BfR's copyright protection for scientific work - BfR obtains injunctive relief

Cologne Regional Court has confirmed that the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is generally entitled to the rights to its scientific works under the Copyright Act.

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Tee im Glas

Updated risk assessment on levels of 1,2-unsaturated pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) in foods

On the basis of new occurrence data from 2015 to 2019, the BfR has now estimated the current overall exposure of consumers in Germany to 1,2-unsaturated PAs across a wide range of relevant food groups.

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Salmonella Typhimurium

Salmonella control programme - results for 2019

Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium amongst laying hens in remission.

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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.

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