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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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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

New meta-analysis of glyphosate-based plant protection products does not alter the assessment of the active substance

If used properly and for its intended purpose, glyphosate is not carcinogenic. This was the conclusion arrived at by the BfR and numerous other national and international authorities. A new meta-analysis in which already published studies are evaluated collectively does not alter the assessment of the BfR.

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Ein Labor durch eine Lupe betrachtet

Harmful compounds might be formed when foods containing the sweetener Sucralose are heated

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has assessed the current data situation on the stability of Sucralose and the formation of possibly harmful chlorinated compounds at high temperatures.

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Eine Frau stillt ein Baby

National Breastfeeding Committee switches to the Max Rubner-Institut

On 1 April 2019, the National Breastfeeding Committee (NBC), which has previously been attached to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), is to be integrated into the Max Rubner-Institut (MRI).

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Ein Mann behandelt eine Pflanze mit Pflanzenschutzmitteln

More openness and transparency in the assessment of the active substances con-tained in plant protection products - on the basis of valid law

The BfR is currently receiving questions about the Institute's scientific paper on the active substance glyphosate, which was published on an internet platform without the consent of the BfR. The BfR has asserted its copyright on this paper.

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In einer Großküche wird Salat angerichtet

Cooking for large numbers: hygiene rules make foods from commercial kitchens safer

The BfR and BZfE have jointly formulated preventive hygiene measures as hygiene rules for commercial kitchen staff. The leaflet, which has been thus far published in 13 languages and for which there is great demand, has now been updated.

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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.

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. 

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).

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.