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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.
  • Institutsgebäude Marienfelde (jpg) Scientific excellence as the basis for long lasting confidence BfR gathers the latest scientific findings through an ongoing international exchange with experts from other scientific institutions but also from its own research.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

BfR-BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 12 - 13 October

About half of the population (54 %) feels well informed about what is happening with the novel coronavirus. In contrast, 17 % feel poorly informed. The most frequently used sources of information on the COVID-19 pandemic are currently television, radio and personal contacts.

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Latin and Central American Symposium on Strengthening Risk Analysis

The 2nd Latin American and Caribbean Risk Assessment Symposium (LARAS) starts in mid-October. Organised jointly by the Chilean Agency for Food Safety and Quality (ACHIPIA) and the BfR and available digitally due to the pandemic.

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Counted: Animal Experiments in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Scientists from the German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals (Bf3R) at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) have determined the extent to which laboratory animals were used for coronavirus research. 

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Industrial chemical PFBA does not accumulate excessively in lungs and kidneys

A 2013 study reported a very high accumulation of the industrial chemical perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) in human lungs and kidneys. The  BfR checked these results using a more precise quantification method.

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Analytik im Labor

Improved detection of food additives and flavourings

New national reference laboratory for food additives and flavourings set up at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.

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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.

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