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Trial by fire: Extremely spicy food can be particularly harmful to children’s health

For many people, spicy food is a culinary delight. But for some, it is also an invitation to test one’s limits. Chilli plays a big part in this. 

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Dangerous chemical burns in the throat: questions and answers about button cells

Button cells are small, flat batteries that are found in many devices: from wristwatches to remote controls and children’s toys. However, button cells can be dangerous for smaller children.  In the past ten years, the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has been notified  by hospitals and poison information centresof several hundred cases of swallowed button cells.

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Questions and answers on mineral oil components in food

In the following, the BfR has summarised frequently asked questions and answers on mineral oil components that can migrate from packaging into food.

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