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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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Lebensmittel auf einem Grill

Healthier barbecuing: How to avoid food infections and the formation of substances that are harmful to health

If you pay attention to a few things, you can easily avoid health problems due to undesirable effects of barbecuing.

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Titelbild zum BfR-Wissenschaftsmagazin BfR2GO Ausgabe 01/2024

Under the microscope from a young age

The new issue of the BfR2GO Science Magazine details how risk assessment takes children’s specific needs into account

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Feed is key to compliance with maximum PFAS levels in food of animal origin

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS for short, are chemicals that are used in many industrial processes and are processed in numerous consumer products. They are difficult to break down and accumulate in the environment, for example in water and soil. This has earned them the name "Forever Chemicals".

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Poultry meat is never sterile: kitchen hygiene also protects against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Poultry meat is never sterile: kitchen hygiene also protects against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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High capsaicin levels can harbour health risks

High levels of capsaicinoids can be ingested as a result of eating extremely spicy food or corn chips mixed with a capsaicinoid-rich Capsicum preparation, as well as in the context of chilli eating competitions.

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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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