• keyvisual_2 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 Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) when it comes to progressive consumer protection. They encompass the 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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Tee wird in einer Teekanne aufgegossen

100 seconds of BfR: New online film format for consumers

The series is launched with an episode on pyrrolizidine alkaloids in tea and honey.

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Eine Frau schneidet Gemüse

What’s in your food: food-related risks to become easier to identify

How safe is the food we eat? Thanks to the first Total Diet Study conducted in Germany, this question will be easier to answer in future. The BfR presented the concept and goals of the study at its BfR forum at the International Green Week in Berlin.

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Arzneimittel in einer Flasche

Questions and answers on the effects of the use of antibiotics in livestock farming

The use of antibiotics in livestock farming favours the development of resistance and spread of bacteria with resistance. To prevent the further increase of resistance, the BfR is of the opinion that the use of antibiotics in livestock farming should be restricted to the absolute minimum level required for therapy.

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In einer Großküche wird Salat angerichtet

Hygiene rules in the catering sector: ensuring safe handling of food

Working in conjunction, the BfR and aid infodienst have drawn up rules of hygiene for employees in commercial kitchens. Previously available in nine languages, the leaflet on this topic has now been translated into French, Greek and Spanish as well.

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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.