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Ein Labor durch eine Lupe betrachtet

Animal welfare provisions and good laboratory practice: German federal states ("Länder") investigate possible breaches by an animal experiment laboratory

According to information from the competent Harburg administrative district authority, the operating licence of the laboratory test facility "LPT Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology GmbH & Co. KG" in Mienenbüttel was withdrawn.

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Hühner in Freilandhaltung

Current avian influenza case in Germany: Virus transmission (H5N8) from poultry food consumption is unlikely

In the past, direct contact with infected live poultry was almost exclusively responsible for the transmission of other avian influenza viruses from birds to humans. So far, there is no evidence that humans can be infected by the consumption of raw eggs or raw sausages containing poultry meat from infected animals.

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Nahrungsergänzungsmittel in einer Blisterpackung

Biotin in food supplements can influence laboratory test results

The BfR recommends that consumers who use biotin-containing food supplements, as well as advisory and treating employees in healthcare professions, should take into consideration that the biotin contained in food supplements at various doses may also have the same detrimental effect on the above-mentioned laboratory tests.

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Eine elektronische Zigarette wird zusammengesetzt

Cases of poisoning: Liquids containing cannabidiols for e-cigarettes can be manipulated

The health risks of e-cigarettes have come into focus after the deaths of several "vapers" due to lung injury in the USA recently. These health risks were discussed in press reports on eight young people who were poisoned in Bremerhaven in October 2019.

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Mehrere Brausetabletten

A questionable way to lower cholesterol: food supplements containing red yeast rice to be taken only on medical advice

Due to serious questions about their safety, the BfR does not recommend the consumption of food supplements based on red yeast rice. Anyone who still wishes to use such a food supplement should only do so under medical supervision or after consulting with their doctor.

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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.