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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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Eine elektronische Zigarette wird zusammengesetzt

How dangerous are the e-liquids on the German market?

The BfR, together with the Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Offices (CVUAs) Karlsruhe and Sigmaringen, checked a sample of 57 e-liquids from the German market and from international online shops for vitamin E acetate and other compounds.

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Fisch in einem Räucherofen

Invisible threat: listeria in smoked fish

Raw, smoked or cured fish products and seafood are frequently contaminated with listeria. People can become infected by eating contaminated food and become ill with listeriosis.

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Eine Tätowierung auf einem Oberarm

Tattoo inks: risk assessment for Pigment Blue 15:3 and Pigment Green 7

To date, there is no binding regulation governing the components used in tattoo inks at the European level. The EU Commission and member states are currently consulting on a proposal from the ECHA for a uniform set of legislation within all member states. As a consequence, the BfR has reviewed the potential health hazards and risks posed by the pigments Blue 15:3 and Green 7.

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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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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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