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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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Analytik im Labor

Improved detection of food additives and flavourings

New national reference laboratory for food additives and flavourings set up at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR-Verbrauchermonitor Zusatzstoffe in Lebensmitteln

Colourful, extended shelf life, and flavourful - What does the population think about food additives?

The BfR publishes a special edition of the Consumer Monitor on the perception of food additives.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

3G rule: Three out of four support the new regulations

The extended testing obligation for all the unvaccinated and unrecovered is considered appropriate.

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Pflanzenschutzmittel werden auf ein Feld gesprüht

Health risk assessment of ethylene oxide residues in sesame seeds

German regional authorities have detected residues of the substance ethylene oxide in products containing sesame seeds from India. Ethylene oxide is mutagenic and carcinogenic. Accordingly, the substance is not subject to a safe health-based guidance value and residues in food are generally undesirable.

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Ein Labor durch eine Lupe betrachtet

New BfR concept for identifying chemical combinations with potential health effects

In a recently published article, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) proposes a research-based concept for the generic identification of chemical combinations with potential health relevance.

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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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