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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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A case of double standards

13 October 2015

The Dutch government is good at accepting products from abroad while applying much stricter criteria to Dutch companies, and is further supported in this by the independent(?) watchdogs that fall under the various minist...

To claim or not to claim…

08 September 2015

‘Manufacturers are making a mockery of labelling rules’ was the headline of a recent press release by the Dutch Consumers’ Association. The Association had examined various products on sale in supermarkets and found the ...

Research into the transport of partially chilled carcasses

30 June 2015

In September 2014 Vakblad Voedingsindustrie and FoodInBusiness reported on research into the transport of partially chilled carcasses in the light of a possible amendment to EU legislation. It’s high time for an update. ...

Food remains patentable

14 April 2015

On 25 March 2015, the highest appeal chamber of the European Patent Office issued a ruling on the patentability of classically bred crops, in this case broccoli and tomato. This type of patent will remain permitted; acco...

Veilig voedsel van boer tot bord

13 May 2014

One of the basic principles of the current food safety policy is the ‘from farm to fork’ approach, based on risk analysis and traceability from raw materials through to end products. For all critical phases in the food p...

Origin labelling

15 April 2014

There is still much debate about the need to provide details of the origin of ‘meat used as an ingredient’ on food labels. In the future, it may become mandatory to indicate the origin of all meat used in meat preparatio...

not only the 'small print' needs to be bigger

15 April 2014

The transition period lasts until 13 December 2014, and from 14 December it will be mandatory for all foods sold in the European Union to comply with Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011. Unfortunately for marketing departments...

Wake-up call!

15 April 2014

The European Union appears largely self-sufficient in basic foodstuffs. Therefore, the food security of the EU seems assured. However, appearances can be deceptive: the EU is relatively poor in terms of raw materials for...

Dossier 'officiële controles'

03 January 2014

On Thursday 20 February in Brussels the European Parliament's Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee voted on new European rules on food and hygiene controls. The report with amendments to the Europe...