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The future of food safety

The horsemeat affair, salmonella in smoked salmon, Q fever, bird flu, the pesticide fipronil in eggs; one might almost think that food safety in the Netherlands and Europe is poor. Is it? We discuss it with Marco Balhuiz..

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There are limits to food safety testing

03 January 2014

The development and use of reliable test methods has undoubtedly contributed to the progress made so far in microbiological food safety, but a saturation point has been reached. “Food safety cannot be increased signif...

Leren van incidenten niet vrijblijvend

03 January 2014

The Dutch Safety Board concludes that contaminations may occur in the food processing industry that cannot be predicted, are difficult to prevent and hence cannot always be prevented by conventional strategies. A further...

Coaches voedselveiligheid

03 January 2014

Anyone involved in distributing food products is required to comply with certain legal guidelines, and food banks are no exception. Therefore, the Dutch Food Bank Association is seeking Food Safety Coaches who can help l...

Agreement on improved food product composition

03 January 2014

The current levels of salt, saturated fat and sugar in food products must be reduced: in late January, several parties signed an Agreement that extends far beyond the existing Covenant on the reformulation of food. What ...

'Steam on demand'

03 January 2014

Scharff Techniek in Utrecht is strong in steam. For over 30 years, this Dutch family-owned business has been advising its clients on using steam to heat food products rapidly yet in a controlled manner. Manufacturing ...

Visually impaired consumers

03 January 2014

Visually impaired people have a hard time shopping independently. MEP Ádám Kósa is striving to make information on food labels accessible to this growing group of people. There are around 30 million blind and visually...

Adding value

02 January 2014

On 22 January 2014 Marel organised the Value Adding event on integrated marinating solutions for chicken and meat. At the recently opened demonstration centre in Copenhagen (Denmark), Marel gave chicken and meat processo...

EP: A tougher stance on food fraud

02 January 2014

Recent cases of food fraud, such as the horsemeat scandal, show that  the EU needs to review the operation of the food chain, carry out better  inspections and tighten the rules on labelling. This is the stance  taken by...