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Study analyses foods for radioactive substances

19-Apr-2017

In cooperation with the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the Federal Office for Radioactive Protection (BfS) is to analyse foods prepared within the scope of the BfR MEAL Study for radiation caused by radioactive elements such as uranium. Main focus will be on the foods most often ...

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EFSA and BfR to work jointly on global food safety tools

09-Dec-2016

Trace-back and predictive modelling tools for use during food safety outbreaks and created by scientific teams led by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be further rolled out under a new funding partnership agreed between EFSA and BfR. Signed today, the framework ...

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New procedures to authenticate foods as a step towards standardisation

06-Dec-2016

Whether it is olive oil from Apulia, Pata Negra ham from Spain or 12-year-old single-malt whisky from the Scottish Orkney Islands - all these products are characterised by their quality and their high price. These properties also make a number of other foodstuffs including fish, honey and meat ...

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Old and new challenges for food safety

15-Nov-2016

The occurrence of zoonotic pathogens and toxigenic bacteria in the food chain and the associated risk for humans were the focus of the "4th Symposium for Zoonoses and Food Safety" at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin. Around 250 participants were discussing strategies to ...

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Oil spills off the German coast

The quest for the best combat strategy

24-Aug-2016

What benefits and risks does the use of dispersants pose? These and other questions are addressed in the report “The use of dispersants to combat oil spills in Germany at sea” recently published in the BfR Science series. Experts had looked into the topic on the occasion of an international ...

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The risk potential of hormonally active substances is to be comprehensively characterised

BfR proposes further EU criteria to identify endocrine disruptors

13-Jul-2015

On the occasion of the EU Conference "Endocrine disruptors:criteriaforidentificationand relatedimpacts" held in Brussels on 1 June 2015, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) presented an extended proposal for the identification of endocrine disruptors. This identification is to be ...

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Rice and rice products contain high levels of inorganic arsenic

The BfR recommends investigating possibilities of minimising the levels of arsenic in rice products

15-Jun-2015

Analyses by the monitoring authorities of the federal states show that rice and rice products contain relatively high levels of inorganic arsenic. During these analyses, it was also noted that some rice products, such as rice cakes, contain greater amounts of inorganic arsenic than grains of ...

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New data from a BfR human study: no cyanide risk resulting from the consumption of marzipan and persipan

13-Mar-2015

A human study conducted by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) enables more differentiated risk assessment of cyanide exposure following the consumption of bitter apricot kernels, persipan, linseed or manioc (cassava). The study results have now been published in “Archives of ...

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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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Avoiding toxic gases from the pellet bunker

Making storage rooms for wood pellets safe by taking suitable measures

30-Jul-2014

Wood pellets for heating systems and heaters are regarded as sustainable carbon dioxide-neutral fuel. However, the wood shavings pressed into oblong little sticks have potentially hazardous properties when stored in large quantities: the manufacturing process involving cutting up, heating and ...

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