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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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Nahrungsergänzungsmittel in einer Blisterpackung

Nutrients supply? Plate rather than pill!

The BfR is providing information on the benefits and health risks of food supplements at International Green Week. At BfR Stand 146 on the Adventure Farm (Hall 3.2), an oversized mouth will be talking to visitors and inviting them to take part in a quiz that gives insights into the world of vitamins and minerals.

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Ein Mann behandelt eine Pflanze mit Pflanzenschutzmitteln

European assessment of Glyphosate is quality-assured and independent - Industry reports are routinely part of assessment reports

Decisive is the quality of the critical review by the authorities of the applicant's dossier and scientific literature.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Independence and quality assurance of the European glyphosate assessment

The members of the special committee “EU Approval Process for Pesticides (PEST” published their draft of the final report in December 2018. Since then, the BfR has been receiving repeated inquiries, especially about the independence of the scientific institutions and the procedure for assessing the active substances contained in plant protection products.

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Speiseöl wird auf einen Löffel gegossen

Erucic acid: BfR endorses proposed maximum levels, but foods with added fats should be restricted too

Erucic acid occurs in vegetable oils and fats. It is a natural component of plant seeds of the Brassicaceae family (crucifers such as rape and mustard).

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Gefahrgutcontainer auf einem Schiff im Sturm

Health risks through fumigated containers: Experts discuss research results and values measured by control authorities

Products transported by sea in containers are often fumigated with biocides as protection against pests. 36 experts from science, monitoring authorities, trade and industry discussed the effects of substances of this kind on health, along with the need for future action.

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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.