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Forgotten treats

Mum, do we have any treats left? Every day, this question echoes from the kitchen or living room to my home office. Treats' is a broad term for my three kids. Anything goes, as long as it is sweet or salty, creamy or cru..

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Marc Laus: 'We can't sit back and relax'

12 April 2021

The potato. Known as a starch product, basic ingredient for Dutch stews, raw material for chips and crisps, source of inspiration for a world-famous painting by Vincent van Gogh. But the potato is much more than that. Ma...

Threats as a source for decision parameters

12 April 2021

We are surrounded by potential dangers. Storm damage, flooding, a car accident, food poisoning, corona. If you think about it for too long, you would not dare to leave your house. Fortunately, there are risk analyses. It...

LEGISLATION and ingredients

12 April 2021

The growing demand for plant-based products, alternative protein sources and a more sustainable food system inevitably goes hand in hand with new and adapted legislation, also with regard to food labelling. In this artic...

Food additives and their functionality

12 April 2021

Food products have a structure, colour, taste, smell and a certain shelf life. To make and/or improve these aspects, functional additives such as emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners and modified starches are used. Howev...

Proud of our network

12 April 2021

I cannot emphasise it often enough: the OSV is such a fine network of fine people, or rather fine friends. Friends as meant in the proverb: 'a friend in need is a friend indeed!' You could say that we have been in (coron...

NVWA checks on additives in meat preparations and products

12 April 2021

Meat processing companies must adjust the recipes and labels of the meat preparations they sell, so that they comply with the European rules for the use of additives (E-numbers) in meat preparations and meat products. Th...

FNLI in protest against high energy tax in food sector

30 March 2021

Food companies subscribe to the need for sustainability like no other. To realise the energy transition in the food industry, a fairer system of energy taxes and subsidies is needed. The food industry is one of the indus...

KIDV publishes fact sheet on environmental claims

22 March 2021

Packaging regularly states that it is '100% recyclable' or 'fully compostable'. When can one use such a claim and when is it false and potentially misleading for consumers? The Sustainable Packaging Knowledge Institute p...

NVWA publishes handbook nutrition and health claims

19 March 2021

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has published a Manual of Nutrition and Health Claims. Claims can appear on food labels, but also in leaflets, on websites and in (social) media. Claims, includ...

Are we on the same (packing) line?

08 March 2021

As of late, I need reading glasses. Yes, laugh about it: the time has come. I bought a few at once, because I hate looking for them. So now there is one in my handbag, one by my computer, one on my nightstand, and one in...

'Alternatives to plastic aren't always more sustainable'

08 March 2021

Sustainability is undoubtedly the biggest issue when it comes to the future of packaging. Consumer perception, the marketing department and the lack of knowledge sometimes get in the way of truly sustainable packaging. W...

Tolerances

08 March 2021

During a Green Belt course, I was immersed in the statistics of tolerances on the production process and their impact on the final product. Conclusion: a better adjustment of your equipment ensures that less faulty produ...

Is vaccination the solution?

08 March 2021

Everyone is eager to visit each other again and to organize and participate in events together. Or just eating out, going to a store if you need something or want to browse around. The government says: 'It can be done as...

An optimal food label for allergy information

08 March 2021

Communication experts from the Faculty of Humanities, experts from the UMC Utrecht and TNO researchers developed a proposal for an optimal food label where people with an allergy or intolerance can easily find the releva...

Many webshops are not familiar with new EU rules

08 March 2021

On July 1, 2021 the new EU VAT rules on e-commerce will enter into force. This legislation applies to Dutch webshops with an annual turnover of € 10,000 or more from sales to individuals in EU countries outside the Nethe...