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European opposition to Nutri-Score

The European Ministers of Agriculture sat together on Monday 21 September 2020 to discuss a plan for the import of Nutri-Score across Europe. Such a uniform nutrition label should be in place by the end of 2022 as part o..

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Claims: useful or misleading?

06 March 2017

Consumers are increasingly aware of the link between their diet and their health. Claims can help them to make the right food choices for them. Many manufacturers also regard claims as a handy marketing tool. Whether int...

Combat food fraud: Think like a criminal!

07 February 2017

As part of the war on food fraud, it has recently become mandatory for companies to perform a Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment to check how well protected they are against food fraud. Forming part of quality systems s...

Serive design vouchers 2017

10 January 2017

Service Design Vouchers are part of a Dutch government subsidy scheme for SME businesses in the manufacturing industry that want to develop services which are related to their products. Many SME companies in the manufact...

Changes to NVWA fees as of 1 January 2017

10 January 2017

As of 1 January 2017, the charges for inspections, re-inspections, system supervision, certification, sampling and sample analysis by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) have changed.  ...

Labelling affected by new legislation

10 January 2017

The new Dutch Food and Commodities Act Decree on Food Information (Warenwetbesluit Informatie Levensmiddelen) came into force in the Netherlands for manufacturers on 13 December 2016. As a result of this new legislation,...

Locusts and the Novel Food Regulation

13 September 2016

The new Novel Food Regulation was adopted on 25 November 2015 and will come into force on 1 January 2018. What will change? Will locusts still be permitted on supermarket shelves after that date? There are a number of...

Asbest: Dwangsom bij overtredingen

14 June 2016

De Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport (ILT) voert sinds medio 2014 inspecties uit met betrekking tot asbest bij bedrijven met industriële installaties. Destijds bleek uit inspecties bij de geïnspecteerde bedrijven dat d...

Meer betalen voor NVWA-toezicht

10 May 2016

Op 1 mei 2016 zijn de tarieven voor regulier NVWA-toezicht in onder andere pluimveeslachterijen met meer dan 10% verhoogd. De Vereniging van de Nederlandse Pluimvee Verwerkende Industrie (NEPLUVI) reageert furieus op de ...

Country of origin labelling

10 May 2016

Schreijer objects to plan that will make food more expensive If the European Parliament gets its way, food prices could rise by almost 10% since producers of ‘lightly processed’ dairy and meat products will be require...

De toekomst van ons voedsel

10 May 2016

Eind april werd door de Groep ‘Diverse Werkzaamheden’ van de EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) in Den Haag een conferentie georganiseerd  over onder andere voedselproductie en duurzaamheid en gezonde voe...

Help: an E number!

12 April 2016

The use of additives in the manufacture of food and beverage products is a continuing source of tension: consumers want their products to contain as few additives as possible, manufacturers cannot simply leave them all o...

Van Dam says: overhaul the food system

08 March 2016

There is broad support from 22 EU Member States plus Norway and Switzerland, the international world of business and healthcare patient organisations for gradually making food products healthier by reducing salt, saturat...

What can we expect?

09 February 2016

What lies ahead for the food industry in the coming years? Which social developments will have a strong impact on the food sector? What will drive innovation? We have prepared this overview of three important topics for ...

Revision of EU Novel Foods Regulation

24 November 2015

On Wednesday 29 October the members of the European Parliament voted on proposals to simplify the approval procedures for new foods or food ingredients (‘novel foods’). An update to the existing regulation is urgently ne...

Interview Annie Schreijer-Pierik

24 November 2015

On 29 October members of the European Parliament voted to accept the Novel Foods Regulation, which will update the existing legislation dating from 1997. Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Annie Schreijer-Pierik: “I...