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99.6 per cent slaughterhouses comply with regulations

"In 2021, the NVWA carried out as many as 88,000 inspections at Dutch slaughterhouses. The NVWA's new Compliance Monitor shows that no less than 99.6% of the companies complied with laws and regulations. The companies an..

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Nocotech method expensive or not?

08 March 2022

Some people think that Nocotech disinfection is expensive. Are they right? A litre bottle of chlorine is cheaper, that is true. But you don't disinfect 1000 m³ from ceiling to floor with it. And it certainly does not ...

The retailer decides, the producer pays

07 March 2022

When it comes to food packaging, the top priority is sustainable use of materials. But what is the most sustainable choice? Do you have a choice as a food producer? Are the solutions feasible? And who is ultimately going...

Column Pieter Vos: Packaging is an opportunity

07 March 2022

Imagine if crisps, biscuits and rice were on the supermarket shelf without packaging? That you would have to put your steak, veggie schnitzel or piece of cod in your shopping bag without protective foil. No way. No matte...

Liability of carriers in case of food safety violations

07 March 2022

If foodstuffs or ingredients become contaminated or polluted during transport, this is called cargo damage. It opens the door to compensation within the system of the CMR Convention. However, a well-founded 'fear of loss...

IJsbrand Velzeboer: Lies on my plate

07 March 2022

Food technologist IJsbrand Velzeboer (69) is fed up with the abuses and deception in the food sector. In his new book 'Lies on my plate', he takes a critical look at the entire sector: producer, retailer, legislator and ...

New standard for counting yeasts and moulds

04 March 2022

Several international standards exist for the counting of yeasts and moulds in food and feed. Laboratories have to obtain the necessary information from several sources. Therefore, it has been decided to revise these sta...

Adults still consume too much salt

28 February 2022

In 2020/2021, men and women aged 31 to 50 in the northern part of the Netherlands had a salt intake that was about 13 percent lower than in 2006/2007. Despite the reduction, this is still too much. This is evident from r...

New criteria for salt, sugar and saturated fat in food

28 February 2022

In 2022, the National Approach to Product Improvement (NAPV) will start. The objective is to accelerate improvements in the composition of processed foods. It concerns products to which salt or sugar has been added or in...

Albert Heijn focuses on circular packaging

16 February 2022

Albert Heijn starts with the recycling of plastic fruit trays: by using PET from household waste for new plastic trays, the plastic gets a second life. The first containers that are reused in this way will be in the shop...

Risk assessments for microplastic within reach

11 February 2022

Researchers of Wageningen University & Research now provide the first mathematical framework to assess the risks of microplastic particles. So far, studies comparing the exposure and effects of microplastic particles...

Invisible hazards of the food industry

07 February 2022

Invisible hazards are not on the radar of the food industry, Ernest Conradi points out. In the light of the increasing number of renovations, he warns against the use of unsuitable materials. Actually it is not rocket...

Microbiological reduction in entire production area?

04 February 2022

Simpeldesinfecteren knows it can be done for sure. Your production area is not an operating room, it does not have to be sterile. The Nocotech disinfection system works so well that it reduces all micro-organisms to a ve...

Plantcarb introduces starch with superpowers

31 January 2022

One in ten adults lives with diabetes and the number is rising fast. With diabetes being the world’s fastest growing chronic condition, we need to lower our sugar consumption. Jan Mousing, CEO of the agbiotech company Pl...

X-rays will make plant diets of the future more tasty

27 January 2022

X-rays can be used to examine the tiniest parts of food and provide us with fresh knowledge about what makes yogurt feel soft and what it takes for chocolate to have just the right snap. According to researchers at the U...

Nutri-Score to be introduced in the first half of 2022

19 January 2022

Dutch food producers are expected to be allowed to use Nutri-Score as a logo in the first half of 2022. The logo will then also be suitable for online use. For example, in webshops offering food products, according to th...