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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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Kühe im Stall

Does the bovine paratuberculosis pathogen play a role in the development of Crohn's disease in humans?

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Max Rubner Institute (MRI) carried out an extensive literature review and came to the conclusion that there are still no valid scientific results that prove such a connection.

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Grüne Bohnen in einem Korb

Only enjoy cooked beans

In 2020, poison centres in Germany received an unexpectedly high number of enquiries about complaints relating to eating green beans. The change in eating behaviour in private households, brought about by the pandemic, could have contributed to this effect.

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Schweine im Stall

African swine fever: No risk to consumers

African swine fever (ASF), first detected in Germany in domestic pigs on 15 July 2021, does not pose a health hazard to humans. The ASF pathogen cannot be transferred to humans.

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Schweine im Stall

Frequently asked questions about African swine fever (ASF)

In Germany, the first cases of African swine fever (ASF) in domestic pigs were detected in two pig farms in Brandenburg on 15 July 2021. ASF is a disease of domestic pigs and wild boar caused by a virus.

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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.

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