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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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Marking Eels with Alizarin Red S: Additional Studies Needed to Assess Health Risks

The BfR publishes its opinion on possible consumer health risks associated with the consumption of eels marked with Alizarin Red S (ARS).

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PFAS maximum levels in feedstuffs: BfR recommends improved analytical methods

BfR recommends the development of more sensitive PFAS analytical methods, on which basis PFAS background levels can be estimated from feed monitoring as a pre-requisite for the derivation of maximum levels.

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More than text: With knowledge through the Covid-19 pandemic

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment is coordinating a research project on the communication of public health institutions in times of crisis.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 23 - 24 November

To protect themselves and others from an infection with the coronavirus, many people in Germany are once again reducing their social contacts, are leaving their homes less frequently and are keeping more distance to other people in everyday life. Also, concerns about the possible impact on social relationships have increased considerably compared to the last survey - one third are currently concerned about this.

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Nanomaterials FAQ

Specifically manufactured nanomaterials are the subject of the BfR's risk assessment. They can be produced in numerous forms from various chemical substances. The BfR has compiled selected questions and answers on nanomaterials in the following.

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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.

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