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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 in Germany from a scientific viewpoint

"Special issue" of the public health journal Bundesgesundheitsblatt is published. This special issue was created and produced with the support of the National Breastfeeding Committee at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

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Summer Academy 2018

Recognising and evaluating food risks - not only in Germany

On past Friday, the seventh BfR-Summer Academy under the slogan "from experts to experts" came to an end. From 25 June to 6 July 2018, 40 experts from Asia, Europe and Latin America came together to discuss the topics of risk assessment and risk communication in the field of food safety.

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Ein Hase

Francisella tularensis infections from foods unlikely

Because contaminated foods occasionally cause tularemia outbreaks, the BfR has assessed the health risks of F. tularensis in foods of plant and animal origin, taking into account the tenacity of the pathogen during the processing of raw food materials.

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Mehrwegbecher für Heißgetränke

Frequently asked questions about the use of customers' own refillable cups for "Coffee to go"

What private users should keep in mind in order to avoid potential health risks when refilling their cups is the subject of these FAQs from the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

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Eine Teilnehmerin an einer Sitzung bedient einen Computer

Research: Spectacular but wrong?

Neuroscientists are discussing in Berlin how they can set their results on a solid basis.

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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.