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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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Das Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung

Warme Speisen

Prevention of Foodborne Illness When Keeping Food Hot

The BfR has studied scientifically the minimum temperatures that must be maintained in order to prevent foodborne diseases. 

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Vibrionen

Is climate change increasing the risk of infection from vibrios?

Bacteria of the genus Vibrio multiply at high water temperatures and can enter the human body via small, unnoticed wounds. There they can cause wound infections. Another way of infection is the consumption of fish and seafood that are eaten raw or not sufficiently heated.

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Mehl auf einer Arbeitsplatte

Escherichia coli in flour – sources, risks and prevention

Flour is a natural product and a valuable foodstuff. However, Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) were detected in multiple flour samples (wheat, spelt and rye) during routine food monitoring in Germany in 2018.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

BfR-Corona-Monitor – as to 7 – 8 July

The population in Germany is devoting more attention to their social relationships again. While at the end of June, 80 percent stated that they meet with friends or family less often, this figure fell to 72 percent in the current survey.

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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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