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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

Plant protection products: More clarity about residues in food

To what extent are residues of plant protection products contained in food? With a new orientation value (status indicator) established within the scope of the National Action Plan (NAP) for the sustainable use of plant protection products, the BfR wants to create more clarity for consumers.

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Resistant bacteria: Wash uncooked vegetables and lettuce thoroughly and prepare them fresh by yourself

Salads, fresh herbs and bean sprouts pre-cut for consumption and packed in plastic foil can contain bacteria that endanger your health. The BfR has assessed the latest results of research and food monitoring on the transfer of resistance to antibiotics through the consumption of fresh plant-based products.

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Intake of Phosphates: Babies, infants and children can exceed the health guidance values

EFSA recommends the introduction of maximum levels to reduce the levels of phosphates used as additives in food supplements. The European Commission is considering measures to lower phosphate levels in food. The BfR agrees with EFSA’s scientific assessment.

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Bundesministerin Klöckner besucht das BfR

Federal minister Julia Klöckner visits German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

What’s in our food? This was one of the questions that federal minister Julia Klöckner followed up on in the BfR MEAL study kitchen (Meals for the exposure estimation and analysis of foods) during her visit to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on 4 June 2019.

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Health risks - what role does age play?

Every fifth person in Germany belongs to Generation 65+. The BfR was focusing on Generation 65+ as consumers at the 19th BfR Consumer Protection Forum.

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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.