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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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Urgently needed: New strategies for the risk assessment of genotoxic substances

BfR organises international symposium from 26 to 28 February 2024 in Berlin

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Product notifications: Why do companies have a notification obligation?

New explanatory video: Chemical products are typically complex mixtures composed of various ingredients. Companies have an obligation to submit product notifications to the BfR. We explain the reason for this notification obligation in a new video.

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Why a tiger is a hazard, but not necessarily a risk - The difference between risk and hazard

Terms such as danger, hazard or risk are often used interchangeably in everyday language. A precise distinction is rarely made. In consumer health protection, however, it is particularly important to use the terms hazard and risk in a targeted and differentiated way.

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MnHexP: Background information on the detection of the degradation product of a plasticizer in urine samples

The State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection of North Rhine-Westphalia (LANUV) has detected mono-n-hexyl phthalate (MnHexP) in a follow-up analysis of older urine samples from children.

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Escherichia coli in flour - Second expert discussion on sources, health risks and prevention

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) can cause serious, life-threateninginfectious diseases, especially in people with immature or weakened immunesystem. For some years now, the focus has been on flour, which is considered apossible vehicle for the transmission of the bacteria to humans.

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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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