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Anthrax, rabbit fever and brucellosis

How can the population be better protected from highly pathogenic bacteria in food?

08-Aug-2016

Infectious diseases such as anthrax, tularaemia (rabbit fever) and brucellosis only occur rarely in Germany. However, these pathogens can do great harm if they are allowed, deliberately or by mistake, to enter the food chain. The reasons for such dissemination can be natural catastrophes such as ...

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Adulterated animal-based foods to become easier to detect in future

08-Jun-2016

Does sheep cheese contain cow milk as well? Is some pork mixed into the beef salami? These and other questions about adulteration of animal-based foods are the focus of the research project "Animal ID" of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment. "Illegal additions of meat, if detected, not only ...

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Better assessment of the health risks associated with mixtures of substances in food

EU research project EuroMix launched

17-Jul-2015

Foods can contain a variety of potentially harmful substances. These include environmental contaminants, pesticide residue as well as naturally occurring active ingredients. Assessing the health risks of mixtures of substances is difficult, since typically toxicological data is available only for ...

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Omics methods: Towards a better prediction of the effects of substances at very low doses

19-Mar-2015

A public and scientific discussion is currently taking place focusing on the question whether substances at low concentrations may lead to health impairments in humans. For this reason, an increasing number of experimental studies to test such effects are currently conducted using different ...

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Database AnimalTestInfo: German initiative for more transparency in animal experiments

Information on the purpose of animal experiments and the expected levels of distress caused to animals now provided to the public

11-Mar-2015

The third amendment to the Animal Protection Act provides for more protection of animals when they are used for scientific purposes. In this context, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has been mandated to inform the public about all authorised projects with animals in Germany. In ...

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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)

20-Feb-2015

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. ...

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Pathogens in foods: progress and challenges

Third BfR symposium on "Zoonoses and Food Safety"

11-Nov-2014

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 ...

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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

17-Jul-2013

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 ...

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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

07-Feb-2013

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 ...

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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

15-Nov-2012

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 ...

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