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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

No evidence of intestinal damage from polystyrene microplastic in the laboratory

Polystyrene is one of the most widely used plastics worldwide. Initial scientific analyses show that humans also consume PS microplastics through their diet.

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Eine Ratte

The BfR contributes to the improved assessment of health risks from substance mixtures in the EuroMix Project

The EuroMix Project (European Test and Risk Assessment Strategies for Mixtures) has been successfully completed after four years with the participation of the BfR.

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Grafik zum BfR-Eiland

What came before the egg? The world’s largest chicken made of plants knows the answer

Welcome to BfR-Eiland (Egg-Land): An interactive plant labyrinth providing entertaining and child-friendly information on the chicken and the egg.

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Ein Mann behandelt eine Pflanze mit Pflanzenschutzmitteln

Plant protection products - how is the health risk for users assessed?

Plant protection products must not have any harmful effects on health. Therefore, not only the assessment of the possible health risks to consumers, but also to users is a central issue in the authorisation of plant protection products.

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Dose mit einem Energydrink

Excessive consumption of energy drinks increases health risk for children and adolescents

BfR publishes opinion on the effects on the cardiovascular system of drinks containing caffeine.

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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.