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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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In einer Großküche wird Salat angerichtet

Resistant bacteria: can raw vegetables and salad pose a health risk?

Salad is popular with people who want to maintain a balanced and healthy diet. Salad varieties are often offered for sale ready-cut and film-packaged.

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Eine Pizza wird zubereitet

Cooking for science - BfR MEAL study celebrating its 2nd birthday

The goal of the BfR MEAL study is to be able to better recognise possible food risks for the German population. To this end, up to 2021 the BfR MEAL team will be examining the most commonly consumed foods in Germany for a total of nine substance groups, including heavy metals, nutrients and additives.

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Ein Hühnchen wird mit einem Tuch abgetupft

BfR and BVL simulate food crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The investigation of a foodborne disease outbreak is practiced on the basis of an interdisciplinary simulation game. In a fictitious scenario, people in various towns and cities throughout the country take ill with salmonellosis after eating poultry meat.

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Wurstscheiben auf einem Holzbrett

Caution, tasteless! Viruses and antimicrobially resistant bacteria in foods

Two BfR symposia are presenting the latest research on food-associated viruses and antimicrobial resistance in the food chain.

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Zahnpasta auf einer Zahnbürste

From antiperspirants containing aluminium to zinc salts in toothpaste: 50 years of the Cosmetics Committee

External, honorary, independent experts advise the BfR on scientific questions relating to the ingredients of cosmetic products.

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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.