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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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Aluminiumschalen

Reducing aluminium intake can minimise potential health risks

Consumers can take up aluminium compounds from various sources, such as food, cosmetic products like aluminium containing antiperspirants and toothpaste, food contact materials like uncoated aluminium menu or baking trays and drugs.

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Analytik im Labor

Comparing the genetic material of pathogens to explain disease outbreaks

The BfR has addressed the relevant questions and assessed to what extent the molecular methods of the Next Generation Sequencing procedure are suitable for detection of disease outbreaks and which data should also be included.

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BfR Jungfernheide

Health risks: a picture is worth a thousand words

Whether it is contamination of food, electromagnetic radiation or breast cancer screening, people are confronted with many health issues in their everyday lives, some of which can also be complicated. The pictorial presentation (visualisation) of certain health risks can help to improve the grasping of information.

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Vorbereitung von Proben für eine PCR-Analyse

"Fingerprint" helps to convict food counterfeiters

"FoodAuthent": research project presents concept ensuring greater safety with regard to the origin and authenticity of products.

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Filament für 3D-Drucker

3D printing: Research projects on health risks launched

3D printers are now also available for private households. The BfR is currently conducting various research projects in order to assess the potential health risk and derive recommendations.

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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.