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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

More people protect themselves from coronavirus

Second edition of the "BfR-Corona-Monitor" shows that the danger is still present in the public's mind.

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Laboruntersuchung mit Hilfe von Nährmedien

Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects?

Disconcerted consumers have asked the BfR whether the virus can also be transmitted to humans via food and imported products such as children’s toys, mobile telephones, articles such as door handles, tools, etc., as well as dishes and cutlery. Against this background, the BfR has summarised the most important questions and answers on the topic.

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Blick durch eine Lupe

New study shows: One-year-old children demonstrate lower concentration of vaccine antibodies with high PFOA concentration in the blood

There has still been a lack of scientific data for children at the end of their first year, who by comparison are greatly exposed to these substances while being breastfed over a long period of time. A joint investigation by the BfR and Charité has now closed this gap for one-year-old children.

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Eine schwangere Frau fühlt ihren Bauch

Iodine intake in Germany on the decline again - tips for a good iodine supply

Current data show that the iodine intake of the population is still not optimal and/or demonstrates a declining trend. Continual long-term measures are therefore necessary to ensure that the German population has a sufficient iodine supply, and to prevent iodine deficiency.

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Prof. Tanja Schwerdtle

Professor Dr. Tanja Schwerdtle - new Vice President of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

Food chemist Tanja Schwerdtle is the new Vice President of the BfR. On 1 March 2020, she moved from the University of Potsdam, where she holds a professorship in food chemistry, to the BfR.

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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.