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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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First field phase completed: 135,000 analytical results show what`s in your food

Germany’s first Total Diet Study has completed the first of two field phases. In the past two and a half years, the BfR MEAL Study team has purchased almost 30,000 food items and then prepared more than 9,000 recipes in the specially fitted study kitchen, the same way they are normally dished up in Germany.


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The BfR MEAL Study in Numbers

How many foods are being processed into meals in the study kitchen? What foods are being taken into consideration and what substances are they being tested for? The latest issue of BfR2GO presents the BfR MEAL Study in numbers illustrated with compact infographics.


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Federal minister Julia Klöckner visits the BfR MEAL Study Kitchen

What's in our food? This was one of the questions that federal minister Julia Klöckner followed up on in the BfR MEAL study kitchen during her visit to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on 4 June 2019.


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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.


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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.



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