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Food additive titanium dioxide (E 171) under scrutiny: Re-evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a white colour pigment, which is authorised as the food additive E 171. It can be contained in confectionery and coatings, e.g. in dragees and chewing gum. After evaluation of the available data, the concern with respect to genotoxicity of titanium dioxide could not be ruled out.

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Ein Hühnchen wird mit einem Tuch abgetupft

More salmonella infections in Europe: Hygiene rules help prepare poultry safely

Special care when handling raw meat and thorough cooking can prevent illnesses

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Das Titelblatt zum BfR Corona MONITOR

Nighttime curfew met with mixed acceptance

60 percent of the respondents consider the new nationwide curfew regulation from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to be inappropriate. This regulation will apply regionally from a 7-day incidence of 100. The opinions on this differs considerably between the age groups. While 57 percent of respondents aged 60 and over support the measure, only about one fifth of those under 40 do so.

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Eine Ratte

Success in the protection of laboratory animals: more transparency and animal welfare

To mark the World Day for Laboratory Animals, the German Centre for the Protection of Laboratory Animals at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has drawn up an interim assessment.

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Titelbild zum BfR-Verbrauchermonitor 02/2021

Consumer health protection: Majority of the population trusts science

The results of the current BfR Consumer Monitor show that the population’s interest in consumer health topics is generally high: Two-thirds are interested in them.

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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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