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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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Meal Mikroskop q

list of substances 2020

The foods prepared in the BfR MEAL Study are tested on 282 substances in nine modules. The updated list of substances indicates which substances these are and is now available for download here.


Meal Stickstoff q

A cold shock for food: liquid nitrogen facilitates homogenisation

What do gummy bears, tuna fish and broccoli have in common? Foods like these cannot be homogenised for the BfR MEAL Study without prior treatment.


Meal IGW q

Green Week tunes into the MEAL study kitchen

A glimpse behind the scenes of the BfR MEAL Study: International Green Week visitors were able to experience a live link to the MEAL study kitchen.


MEAL WHO TDS Workshop q

6th International Workshop on Total Diet Studies

In order to continue sharing expertise concerning Total Diet Studies (TDS) and to promote and support implementation of TDS, the 6th International TDS Workshop is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Berlin. Registrations are now possible.


MEAL Chinesische Delegation q

Visit to the study kitchen from China

Exchanging experiences on Total Diet Studies in Germany and China: This was the objective of the delegation from the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) and the German MEAL Study team at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).



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

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