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


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 ...


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. ...


Avoiding toxic gases from the pellet bunker

Making storage rooms for wood pellets safe by taking suitable measures


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 ...


BfR app "Poisoning Accidents Among Children" receives German Prize for Online Communication


The app "Poisoning Accidents in Children" developed by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) was awarded the German Prize for Online Communication 2014 in the Category "Mobile and Apps". "I am pleased that the prize honours a product which, far more than just a technical gadget, may ...


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Fraunhofer to become a new BfR research partner


The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. are to sign a cooperation contract today in which they agree on close cooperation in research for the purpose of improving food safety in all stages of the supply chain. The ...


Recommendations for coastal closure


Oils or chemical products that have been washed up on to coasts and beaches not only cause pollution but may also pose a health risk. Contamination with mineral oil products such as tar which are known as black lumps found on beaches has clearly decreased in recent decades. However, alluvial ...


People consuming high amounts of energy drinks ignore the pick-me-up risk

BfR study examines the drinking habits at festivals, sports events, LAN parties and in discos


Some visitors to discotheques, music and sports events and LAN parties drink considerable amounts of so-called energy drinks used for pick-me-up. On average, the persons questioned consumed approx. 1 litre of energy drink mixed with alcoholic beverages while dancing in clubs. "Up to 5 litres were ...


Restriction of carcinogenic PAHs in consumer products

The European Commission implements the German proposal


On 7 December 2013, the European Commission implemented the restriction of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in consumer products, initiated by Germany, as a binding legal standard. According to Regulation (EU) 1272/2013, consumer products shall not be placed on the market ...


Vitamin A: Intake via cosmetic products should be restricted


The term “Vitamin A” denotes a group of fat-soluble substances belonging to the category ofretinoids. Apart from retinol (Vitamin A these include structurally related substances with the biolgoical properties of retinol. Since the biological activity of the substances differs, it is,for the ...


Glyphosate: no more poisonous than previously assumed, although a critical view should be taken of certain co-formulants


In view of the public discussion of the evaluation of possible health risks posed by glyphosate-containing pesticides, the Federal Office for Risk Assessment (BfR) was organising a scientific symposium to be held at the ICC in Berlin on 20 January 2014. As part of EU testing of active ...


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