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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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Eine Frau stillt ein Baby

Breastfeeding - basis for life

To mark the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week from 1 to 7 October 2018, the National Breastfeeding Committee at the BfR is emphasising the importance of breastfeeding for both mother and child.

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Salatkoepfe

Listeriosis: Rare but dangerous for the elderly, expectant mothers and immunocomprimised persons

BfR recommends compliance with hygiene and consumption rules to protect against infections with listeria.

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Poster zum REACH Compliance Workshop

REACH Compliance Workshop at the BfR

The REACH Compliance project is a joint project of the BfR and the German Environment Agency (UBA). It investigates the availability of human health and environmental data in the REACH registrations of chemicals regarding their compliance with the requirements on toxicological and eco-toxicological information as laid down in REACH.

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Ein Mann behandelt eine Pflanze mit Pflanzenschutzmitteln

Plant protection products: Focus on consumer safety

The BfR in Berlin is this year's host of the annual Joint FAO/WHO Meetings on Pesticide Residues (JMPR). This is the first time that the JMPR is being held at a national assessment authority.

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Auf der Jagd erlegte Wildschweine

African swine fever: No risk to consumers

In September 2018, the pathogen was also found in wild boars in Belgium and thus for the first time in Western Europe. The African swine fever (ASF) that is currently rife in Europe does not pose a health hazard 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.