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last updated: 29 Mar 2021

Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL)
Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety
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BVL
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Mauerstr. 39-42
Berlin,
10117, Germany
  • +49 3018 444-40500
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  • In order to achieve uniform standards in food control in the European Union, National and EU Reference Laboratories collaborate in a network within which they coordinate projects and inform and support each other. The BVL hosts one European and eight National Reference Laboratories for certain residues and contaminants as well as the resistance monitoring of pathogenic agents in animals. The official laboratories are an important component for reaching a high standard in food safety.

    The LMO-NRL at BVL:
    Due to the increasing cultivation of genetically modified plants and the use of genetic engineering in the production of food, the need for suitable detection methods for example for maize, rice, soya, tofu or bakery products increases. Sampling, residue analysis and the measures of the control agencies are regulated in a uniform manner throughout the EU.
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  • Biosafety and Biotechnology
  • Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
  • Europe - Western Europe
Due to the increasing cultivation of genetically modified plants and the use of genetic engineering in the production of food, the need for suitable detection methods for example for maize, rice, soya, tofu or bakery products increases. Sampling, residue analysis and the measures of the control agencies are regulated in a uniform manner throughout the EU.

The release of genetically modified organisms (GMO) for scientific trials needs to be approved by the BVL. If GMO are to be cultivated commercially, the BVL will provide a statement in the Community approval process of the EU. Furthermore, the BVL manages the international information exchange on GMO in the Biosafety Clearing House for Germany. The BVL hosts the secretary of the Central Committee on Biological Safety (ZKBS). The ZKBS advises the Federal Government and the Federal States in safety-relevant questions on genetic engineering.

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