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Draft report for the re-evaluation of glyphosate


Glyphosate in an active substance widely used in herbicides and is currently subject to a comprehensive re-evaluation process by the European Union (EU). This regular re-assessment of active ingredients in plant protection products is a routine procedure controlled by the European Commission. ...


Food safety in Europe - who does what?

The BfR publishes the third, extended edition of the EU Food Safety Almanac


The horse meat scandal of January 2013 once again made it clear: food scandals do not stop at national borders. The value-added chain in food production reached European dimensions a long time ago in that both raw materials and semi-finished goods are now traded and distributed across national ...


Unknown key technology: what Germans think of nanotechnology


Under the name of NanoView, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has completed a research project on the perception of nanotechnology by the German population and media. Already in 2007, the BfR investigated how the German population perceived nanotechnology and how the topic is ...


Grilling with charcoal is definitely not an indoor pursuit!


Grilling in enclosed areas using charcoal is dangerous. The glowing charcoal releases considerable amounts of toxic gases, notably carbon monoxide (CO). Even when windows, doors and the garage door are opened for “safety reasons”, fatal CO concentrations can build up. This risk is also present ...


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 ...


Platiciser DEHP is ingested mainly through food

BfR and UBA jointly investing DEHP contamination in the population


Food constitutes an important exposure path of the plasticiser DEHP. The substance, which makes plastics flexible, has been found in the environment and in human urine. This is undesirable as the substance has a damaging effect on the reproductive organs which can impair the fertility and ...


Cumulative residues of pesticides in food should be assessed on the basis of clear criteria


The occurrence of multiple residues of pesticides in food keeps causing concern in the perception of the general public. However, the permissible residue quantities (maximum residue levels, MRLs) of pesticides in food may not impair the health of consumers even if several residues are ingested ...


Risk at a glance

The new BfR risk profile graphically combines the results of scientific risk assessments


The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) prepares health assessments for the areas of food, consumer products and chemicals. These scientific opinions are then published on the BfR website together with easily understandable lead paragraphs. As a new service, the results of the opinions ...


Appeal for harmonized scientific criteria for identification and assessment of endocrine disruptors

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment and the British Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) suggest a concept for human health risk assessment of endocrine disruptors


Endocrine active substances denote substances that can influence the hormonal system of organisms. If this interaction leads to adverse effects, for example health impairments, such substances are called endocrine disruptors. In the European Union, specific regulations have now been passed on ...


Proposals for the guideline on the assessment of chemical risks in the European rapid alert system RAPEX


RAPEX, the EU's rapid alert system for hazardous consumer products, was introduced to facilitate the rapid and efficient exchange of information between the market monitoring authorities in the EU member states and the EU Commission regarding consumer products or cosmetics sold on the European ...


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