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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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Ein Strauß Schnittblumen

Assessment of health risks from pesticide residues on cut flowers

Plant protection products are used to protect ornamental plants, such as cut flowers, against pests. Hence, the question arises whether residues of active substances on cut flowers could have an impact on the health of florists or consumers.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

Growing feeling of safety among the population

Coronavirus: The feeling of being able to protect oneself from an infection is growing.

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Nahrungsergänzungsmittel in einer Blisterpackung

Vitamin D, the immune system and COVID-19

There is some evidence that insufficient vitamin D serum levels are associated with an increased risk of acute respiratory infections. Such respiratory infections also include COVID-19 disease, for which, however, the information is currently still uncertain.

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Ein Mann behandelt eine Pflanze mit Pflanzenschutzmitteln

Plant protection products - a cause for concern?

The 21st BfR Consumer Protection Forum "Plant protection products - a cause for concern?" will take place at the Kaiserin Friedrich-Haus Berlin on 9 - 10 June 2021. Based on the rules of conduct related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference will also be held as an online event. The event will be broadcast via livestream.

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Blick durch eine Lupe

A fact check on health risks

Tattoos, veganism and food infections: virtual talks (in German) provide insights into the BfR’s research. As part of the Long Night of the Sciences (LNDW) on June 5, 2021, the BfR is reviewing facts on various health risks.

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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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