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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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Risk communication: lessons learnt from the pandemic

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and TU Ilmenau invite to a workshop on the DECIPHER research project

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Global commodity chains: The numerous stations to greater feed and food safety

International conference on commodity chains in risk assessment

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Natural toxins in food: Many people are not aware of the health risks

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment publishes special edition of the BfR Consumer Monitor

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Aquatic toxins: How algal toxins can affect human health

Aquatic biotoxins are toxins that are for example, produced by algae. Some of these compounds can pose a hazard to fish and other aquatic life, while others can also present a health risk to humans. A prominent example are ciguatoxins.

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Safe food: Protection against foodborne diseases in communal facilities

The BfR has updated its recommendations for catering for especially vulnerable groups of people

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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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