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.

The team of the BfR MEAL Study is currently preparing meals in the MEAL kitchen in order to examine it for process contaminants, food additives, pharmacologically active substances and plant protection product residues. In the completed first field phase, the focus was in particular on environmental contaminants and elements as well as nutrients, mycotoxins, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), perfluoroalkylsubstances (PFAS) and mineral oil saturated or mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOSH/MOAH). The study team obtained 135,000 individual results from the laboratories commissioned for the first field phase regarding which substances are contained in the prepared foods and in what concentrations. These data are currently undergoing plausibility verification at the BfR, i.e. are being compared with other occurrence data, for example from German food monitoring, the GEMS/Food Database compiled by the WHO and international institutions, or Total Diet Studies undertaken in other countries. If discrepancies are identified, the study team will first consult the respective laboratory. In more difficult cases, expert groups for each module will be involved. The expert groups consisting of scientists from the BfR and other national institutions are assisting the BfR MEAL Study with their expertise in the analysis and usability of the results.

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