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Safety of nano silver in consumer products: many questions remain open

BfR Workshop confirms incomplete data situation concerning the health risks of nanoscale silver


In its opinion on toxicity aspects of nano silver, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) had recommended to waive the use of nano silver in foods and articles of daily use until the data situation allows for a final assessment of the health risks. Mainly industry objected to this ...


Uniform standards ensure harmonised risk assessment in Europe

BfR publishes guidance document for health assessments


The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has published a guidance document for health assessments in the field of consumer protection. It also includes information on the correct wording to communicate about health risks. The BfR guidance document serves as a basis for the assessment of ...


Food packaging from recycled materials must be safe

Ninth BfR Forum on Consumer Protection deals with health risks of recycled packaging materials


Around 300 participants discussed at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin within the framework of the ninth BfR Forum on Consumer Protection entitled "How to package food safely - health risks of recycled materials?" about food packaging made of recycled materials, their ...


Making good taste measurable


Does milk chocolate still contain milk? Or does cheaper vegetable fat already dominate here? Has the barrique wine really seen the inside of a barrique barrel or has it been spiked with flavoured woodchips? Both the products of global food manufacturers as well as small, traditional foodstuffs à ...


Identifying, assessing and preventing intoxications

45 years’ successful prevention work by the BfR Committee for the Assessment of Intoxications


The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) staged a celebratory event to mark the 45th anniversary of the Committee for the Assessment of Intoxications which is attached to the Institute. Since the Committee was set up in 1964 several fundamentals for clinical toxicology have been ...


Detect allergens in food within a few minutes

BfR research project on the development of innovative analytical methods


The Food Safety Department of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is working on the development of a rapid test to detect allergenic substances in food. Within the framework of a research project supported by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), ...


EFSA confirms BfR position on detection methods for algal toxins in mussels

BfR recommends replacement of animal experiments with chemical-analytical methods


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated regulatory limits and detection methods for biotoxins in mussels. Up to now an animal experiment in mice had been prescribed as the reference method. Strategies for the control of these toxins in mussels are now to be deliberated by the ...


Children are not small adults


Risks for children must be assessed differently from risks for adults. When evaluating potential risks from chemical substances, risk assessors must bear in mind that in relation to their body weight children have a larger skin surface, eat more and breathe more rapidly than adults. In line with ...


Nanotechnology in the focus of consumer health protection

Around 200 participants in the sixth BfR Consumer Protection Forum


In which foods and products are nanoparticles used? In what ways do consumers come into contact with nanoparticles? Does this lead to health risks? How can they be assessed? What information do consumers need about nanotechnologies? At the sixth BfR Consumer Protection Forum at the Federal ...


Skin models instead of rabbits

OECD Expert Committee agrees on non-animal method to test the skin-irritant action of substances


At a meeting at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin, an international expert committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) agreed on a new alternative test method involving no animal experiments to determine the irritant properties of foreign ...


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