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Consumer protection: Novel method for detecting hormonally active substances

Analytical method for risk assessment of products and food

11-Oct-2021

Scientists from the Universities of Dresden and Leipzig have presented a new method for detecting hormonally active substances in food, cosmetics and water in the journal “Biosensors & Bioelectronics”. Hormonally active substances can cause serious health problems, including breast and prostate ...

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Analytics in consumer protection

Labeling requirements and safety aspects are topics of the analytica conference 2018

05-Apr-2018

On Tuesday, in Munich the analytica conference begins. From April 10 to 12, 2018, experts will talk about their specialties from a real-world perspective—for example, about the analytical challenges involved in the implementation of consumer-oriented legislation. In addition to technical issues, ...

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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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Restriction of carcinogenic PAHs in consumer products

The European Commission implements the German proposal

11-Feb-2014

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 ...

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Food safety in Europe - who does what?

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

04-Dec-2013

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 ...

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Safer, more environmentally friendly flame retardant with first-of-its-kind dual effects

21-May-2013

Amid concerns over the potential health effects of existing flame retardants for home furniture, fabrics and other material, scientists are reporting development of an "exceptionally" effective new retardant that appears safer and more environmentally friendly. Their report on the ...

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CSEM leads consortium to quantify nanoparticles in consumer goods

06-Sep-2012

In response to the increasing need for the detection and analysis of nanoparticles, European industry and academics have launched the EU-funded SMART-NANO project. The consortium's principal purpose of developing a technology platform for the measurement of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) could ...

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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

04-Jul-2012

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 ...

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Dioxin and EHEC yesterday, antimicrobials today - what next?

The BfR celebrates its 10th anniversary under the motto "avoiding crises before they arise"

30-Jan-2012

Does the use of antimicrobials in animal production pose health risks to consumers? How safe is food in Germany? From a scientific viewpoint, what events carry a health risk for consumers? What crises may we be faced with in future? Ten years after the foundation of the Federal Institute for Risk ...

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Matthias Greiner appointed Head of Department at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment

09-Aug-2011

Risks which can be involved in foods and articles of daily use are diverse and complex. In order to determine a possible risk for consumers, information about the intake amounts of pathogens and contaminants are necessary. A focal area or research at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment ...

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