• 20 Jahre Keyvisual 1 - englisch Scientific excellence as the basis for long lasting confidence BfR gathers the latest scientific findings through an ongoing international exchange with experts from other scientific institutions but also from its own research.
  • 20 Jahre Keyvisual 2 - englisch Independent Risk Assessment BfR assesses risks from many areas of daily life. This includes the large spectrum of chemicals as well as foods of plant or animal origin, cosmetics and toys.
  • 20 Jahre Keyvisual 3 - englisch 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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Alkenylbenzenes in food: How large is the health risk?

Some foods may naturally contain potentially harmful (toxic) substances. These include alkenylbenzenes, for example, which occur as secondary plant constituents in certain herbs and spices, such as basil, fennel and parsley, among others.

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

BfR-Corona-Monitor – as to 2–3 August 2022

Proven hygiene measures continue to play an important role in containing the coronavirus. For example, 67 percent of the respondents say they have washed their hands more thoroughly within the last two weeks. 48 percent have also used disinfectants more frequently in the same period.

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Reclaimed wastewater in agriculture: health risk from pathogens on fruit and vegetables?

German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) advises against irrigation in certain cases.

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Ciguatera: cases of poisoning from ciguatoxins (algal toxins) in marine fish and shellfish

Ciguatoxin poisoning, or 'ciguatera' when referring to outbreak cases, can occur after consuming a meal prepared from certain marine fish or shellfish and is recognized as one of the most common non-bacterial seafood poisonings worldwide. While rare in Germany, ciguatera cases could increase in the future as the global trade of marine products continues to expand.

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Das Titelblatt des BfR-Wissenschaftsmagazins 1-2022

How risky is it? New "BfR2GO" issue with cover story on 20th anniversary of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

This year, the Institute turns 20. To mark the occasion, the tenth issue of the "BfR2GO" science magazine focuses on how the institute came into being and its working methods, as well as on future challenges.

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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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