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Adulterated foods investigated: modern analytical methods verify that foods are genuine

BfR hosts the European conference of Food Law Enforcement Practitioners (FLEP)


Melamine in milk powder or methanol in spirits - under certain circumstances, food adulteration can pose a health risk to consumers. The increasing globalisation of the food and feed market in particular calls for reliable strategies allowing for analytical testing of the properties of products. ...


Pathogens in foods: progress and challenges

Third BfR symposium on "Zoonoses and Food Safety"


Pathogens such as salmonella, campylobacter and viruses found in and on food pose a health risk. "Contamination of food with pathogens must be avoided to the greatest extent possible", says Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, President of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). "This rule ...


Levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in herbal teas and teas are too high

The first non-representative results of a BfR research project show that efforts are required to minimise levels


The BfR is currently conducting a research project on “Determination of Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids in Food and Feed”. Initially, various samples of off-the-shelf tea, herbal tea and medicinal tea were examined. As the first results of the non-representative tests, a total concentrations of 0 to 3.4 ...


The REACH regulation as an effective way of regulating nanomaterials

A new concept is to ensure safety in the supply chain and life cycle of nanomaterials


There is currently a need for better identification and assessment of potential hazards arising from nanomaterials for humans and their environment in the future. With this aim, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and ...


Where in Europe do users ingest the highest quantities of unwanted substances via food?

The BfR is involved in a European research project for harmonised exposure estimation


How much dioxin or acrylamide do we ingest from food on average? Are consumers in Portugal or Iceland exposed to the same amounts as consumers in Germany? Are the substance contents in foods similar and the risks therefore comparable across Europe? Answers to these questions form the basis for ...


Food chain control - refined detection, improved assessment

13th BfR Consumer Protection Forum on challenges in food and feed analysis in the face of the global flow of goods


Trust is good, but reliable and regular controls are even better. Adopting this motto, Europe has succeeded in setting high standards in the area of food and feed safety. Good and notably legally secure monitoring of standards required by law is only possible, however, if reliable and, more ...


Nanosilver: progress in the sphere of analysis, gaps in toxicology and exposure

BfR conference on the state of knowledge about the health risks of nanosilver


According to industry and trade sources, nanoscale silver is the nanomaterial most often used in products intended for consumers. However, consumers are frequently not told which products actually contain nanosilver. In Europe, nanosilver is predominantly used as an antimicrobial substance in ...


New analytical method for detecting the mineral oil contents in foodstuffs resulting from recycled cardboard

The BfR organised and international symposium on the subject "Mineral Oils in Food Packaging - Developments and Solution Strategies"


On 22 and 23 September 2011, about 400 representatives from the worlds of science, business and society as well as politics and government institutions discussed how food packaging made of recycled paper could be made safer. Two years ago, mineral oil contents classified as dangerous to health ...


EHEC outbreak: BfR confirms contamination of sprouts with O104:H4

Strain from the sprouts is identical to strain from the infected patients


Scientists of the National Reference Laboratory for Escherichia coli at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) have confirmed the results of the Land authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia: Raw sprouts contaminated with EHEC, which originated from the household of EHEC patients in North ...


Environmental contaminants in foodstuffs

BfR research project on the intake of heavy metals and dioxins completed


The final report of the research project "Foodborne exposure to environmental contaminants" (LExUKon) is now available. In this project scientists of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) have calculated, together with colleagues from the Research and Advisory Institute for Hazardous ...


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