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The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)

Numerous crises like dioxin-afflicted feed, misuse of antibiotics in pig feeding and finally, the emergence of BSE in Germany in the late 1990s unsettled the trust of the populace in food safety. Following the recommendation in the report of the President of the Federal Court of Audit, Hedda von Wedel, the Federal Agency (subsequently Federal Office) of Consumer Protection and Food Safety was founded in the course of the re-organization of health-related consumer protection in January 2002. For the purpose of improving coordination between the Federal Government and the Federal States (Bundesländer) as well as improving the communication of risks, it was established as the authority responsible for risk management. Moreover, risk assessment and risk management, which were previously handled by a single institution, were split to facilitate an improvement of the transparency of state actions. The duties of the authority are stipulated in the BVL-Act as well as in various specialist laws in the area of food, commodities, feed, plant protection, veterinary medical products and genetic engineering legislation.


The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
Bundesallee 50, Gebäude 247
38116 Braunschweig

Lower Saxony

Phone: 0531/21497-0
Fax: 0531/21497-299

email: poststelle(@)


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