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

EU research project EuroMix launched


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 ...


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


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 ...


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


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 ...


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 ...


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