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Threshold values for allergenic ingredients in food needed

Experts call for limit values for the labelling and standards for handling allergens in food production


Even traces of peanuts can be life-threatening for individuals who are allergic to peanuts. Hence it is all the more important for low levels of peanuts in packaged foods to be labelled. Ingredients that are part of a food recipe and are known to be able to trigger allergies must already be ...


BfR co-ordinates exchange of scientific information with the European Food Safety Authority

Global networking and federal systems are a challenge for every co-ordination process


The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) is to henceforth co-ordinate the exchange of scientific information between the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the public authorities responsible for food and feed safety in Germany, stakeholders from economic, political and scientific ...


BfR sets up national expert committees for food safety and consumer protection

14 scientific committees advise the Institute


In future, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) will be advised by 14 committees on questions of food and product safety in conjunction with its scientific work for the German government and European bodies. About ten external, independent experts will be appointed to each committee ...


Consumer products - Safety instead of diversity

Globalised markets are a challenge for consumer protection


Last year an American toy manufacturer called back more than 20 million products; they contained components which were dangerous for children. The products had been manufactured in China and the call-back action sparked a wide debate about the safety of toys and other consumer products from ...


REACH: An opportunity for more consumer protection

The success of the new European chemicals legislation will depend on its practical implementation


On 1 June 2007 new chemicals legislation comes into force in Europe. The draft regulation of the European Commission - known to the public at large as "REACH" - was confirmed by the European Council of Ministers. The chemical industry, the new European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki and the ...


Eight of the total of 16 Reference Laboratories within BfR have been newly appointed


Reference laboratories are of key importance for consumer health protection. Together with the public agencies of the federal states, they elaborate the standards for the work of the test laboratories involved in food monitoring. Reference laboratories act as an arbitrator when it comes to ...


Analytica-Anacon 2006 reinforces position as leading exhibition for decision-makers and users in the Indian analysis industry


During the Analytica-Anacon 2006, there were approximately 2,592 visitors, 130 exhibitors from 11 countries, and all 3,500 square meters of exhibition space at the Palace Grounds were booked to capacity. The 3rd International Trade Fair and Conference for Analytical Instrumentation, ...


Analytica-Anacon 2006 sets new records


From November 16 - 18, everything in Bangalore will revolve around analysis, laboratory technology and biotechnology. According to Messe München, some 130 exhibitors from 11 countries will present analysis equipment and solutions for laboratories in the research and industrial sectors at ...


Carcinogenic effect of inhaled formaldehyde sufficiently documented

BfR presents results of scientific assessment and recommends new classification


Formaldehyde is produced on a large scale around the world and is present in many consumer products. Small amounts of the substance are also formed during cell metabolism in man and animals. Formaldehyde is harmful; it irritates the mucous membranes and can trigger cancer in the nasopharynx when ...


20th Analytica: The trade show for the global analysis sector


The industry representatives that gather at the New Munich Trade Fair Centre from April 25 - 28, 2006 see themselves as people who guarantee our quality of live, consumer protection and safety. Without analysis techniques, state-of-the-art laboratory technology and the latest achievements in ...


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