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The BfR MEAL Study: What´s in your food

In what quantities do we ingest desirable and undesirable substances on average through our food? Are certain foods more contaminated than others? And what health effects does the preparation method have on the food? The BfR MEAL Study helps to answer these and other questions.

The BfR MEAL study from shopping to exposure estimation as a photo gallery. The photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

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Fünftes internationales Beiratstreffen der BfR-MEAL-Studie

Fifth International Advisory Board Meeting for the BfR MEAL Study

What progress can the BfR MEAL study team report from the first two years of the field phase? What are the next steps of the second field phase of the first German total diet study to look like? The International Advisory Board of the BfR MEAL Study met at the BfR location in Alt-Marienfelde on 13 and 14 April 2019 to discuss these questions.


Die BfR-MEAL-Studie feiert zweiten Geburtstag

BfR MEAL study celebrating its 2nd birthday

With the formal opening of the study kitchen two years ago, the starting gun was fired for the experimental phase of the BfR MEAL study. Ever since, the BfR MEAL team has already covered more than 80,000 kilometres in four different regions of Germany to purchase food from various shopping outlets, taking into account seasonal and regional peculiarities.


Viertes internationales Beiratstreffen der BfR-MEAL-Studie

Fourth International Advisory Board Meeting for the BfR MEAL Study

On October 19th and 20th, 2017 the International Advisory Board for the BfR MEAL Study met for the fourth time at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment site at Alt-Marienfelde in Berlin. Together with scientists and researchers from international organisations such as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), BfR’s French sister agency, ANSES, and experts from within Germany, the BfR-MEAL Study team discussed experiences from the first year of the study. The upcoming challenges with regard to the sampling and analysis of foods have also been an issue, as well as how to communicate the initial set of study results expected at the beginning of 2019.


Die BfR-MEAL-Studie hat Geburtstag: 1 Jahr Einkauf, Zubereitung und Analyse von Lebensmitteln

It’s the BfR MEAL Study's birthday: 1 year of buying, preparing and analysing food

October 20th 2017, marks the first anniversary of the opening of the BfR MEAL kitchen. Since then food has been bought in four different regions in Germany, then prepared in the BfR MEAL kitchen in Berlin and subsequently examined in external laboratories for more than 300 different substances. Around 1,000 samples have already been analysed within the past year.



“To the pots, set, GO!” - Opening of the BfR MEAL Study Kitchen

On October 20, 2016, the BfR MEAL study kitchen was opened jointly by Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Thomas Mahlberg, Member of the German Bundestag, and Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel, President of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR). As part of the opening event at the BfR site in Alt-Marienfelde, the German radioeins presenter Marco Seiffert accompanied the guests through the programme explaining the concept of the study. 



The BfR-MEAL-Study checks what is in our food.