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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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Auf der Jagd erlegte Wildschweine

African swine fever: No risk to consumers

In September 2018, the pathogen was also found in wild boars in Belgium and thus for the first time in Western Europe. The African swine fever (ASF) that is currently rife in Europe does not pose a health hazard to humans.

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Mann hält einen Bericht in den Händen

Science learns from its mistakes too

A mathematical model shows that even seemingly inconclusive studies speed up the gain in knowledge. That is one of the conclusions of a research project conducted by the “German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals” at the BfR, the results of which have now been published in the journal “PLOS ONE”.

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Ein Säugling trinkt aus einer Flasche

Connection between "chalky teeth" in children (molar-incisor hypomineralisation, MIH) and the uptake of Bisphenol A not likely

The BfR concludes that there is currently no scientific reason to assume a connection between the uptake of BPA the occurrence of MIH in children.

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Küchenutensilien

Polyamide oligomers: plastic components from kitchenware

Kitchenware made of polyamide is widely used during baking, frying and cooking. But certain components of this type of plastic can migrate from the ware into food and therefore pose potential health problems. This is the finding of an assessment conducted by the BfR.

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Blick durch eine Lupe

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) put to the test

The health risk for consumers from the uptake of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) via food is currently being reassessed by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Once this process has been completed, the BfR will produce an opinion on the reassessment of PFOS and PFOA.

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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.