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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 Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

BfR-Corona-Monitor - as to 29 - 30 September

Social media play a not inconsiderable role as an information channel on the events surrounding the new coronavirus. In the current survey, 25 percent state that they obtain information from this medium.

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Laboruntersuchung mit Hilfe von Nährmedien

Can the new type of coronavirus be transmitted via food and objects?

The new type of respiratory tract disorder COVID-19 is based on an infection with the new type of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Knowledge about the exact transmission methods of this coronavirus is still limited. Against this background, the BfR has summarised the most important questions and answers on the topic.

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Auf der Jagd erlegte Wildschweine

African swine fever: No risk to consumers

African swine fever (ASF), first detected in Germany in a wild boar on 10 September 2020, does not pose a health hazard to humans.

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Auf der Jagd erlegte Wildschweine

Frequently asked questions about African swine fever (ASF)

In Germany, the first case of African swine fever (ASF) was detected in a wild boar in Brandenburg on 10 September 2020. ASF is a disease of domestic pigs and wild boar caused by a virus. The BfR has compiled some selected questions and answers on the subject.

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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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