• keyvisual_2 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.
  • 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.
  • Institutsgebäude Marienfelde (jpg) 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.

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Bakteriophagen

Bacteriophages FAQs

Bacteriophages (phages) are viruses that exclusively infect bacteria. The term phage is derived from Greek and means "bacteria-eater".The BfR has put together an FAQ on the topic of bacteriophages.

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BfR-Schild in Marienfelde

Bacteriophages: old masters rediscovered

The BfR is holding the BfR consumer protection forum "Bacteriophages - alternatives to antibiotics?" on 7. and 8. November 2019 in Berlin-Marienfelde.

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Bild von der Unterzeichnung eines Kooperationsvertrages mit chinesischen Institutionen

Successful Sino-German Summer School on Risk Assessment

In September 2019, a summer school entitled “Sino-German Summer School on Risk Assessment on Agro-Products” was held in Tianjin (China).

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Fleisch

On the trail of pathogens in meat, eggs and raw milk

To make food even safer for humans, experts from scientific institutions, food regulatory authorities and the business community will discuss current developments and strategies at the "Zoonoses and Food Safety" Symposium at the BfR.

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Glas mit Milch

Milk recall: Questions and answers about the "waterborne bacteria" Aeromonas hydrophila

A manufacturer has issued a recall for fresh, low-fat milk because it was contaminated with the bacterium Aeromonas hydrophila. The BfR is taking this opportunity to answer some frequently asked questions about this pathogen.

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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.