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Reckless

A half-cooked hamburger with fried onions on a soft bread roll... A cardboard plate with three slightly charred satays, barely visible under a splatter of peanut sauce... The vague uneasiness whether it is safe, washed a..

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Autonomy

15 June 2020

The coronacrisis - and the related measures to contain the spread of the disease - is more than ever an attack on our autonomy. We, the Dutch, find this difficult. In his speech on TV, Rutte praised the Dutch people. Oka...

Declaration of Conformity for food contact materials

15 June 2020

Food products are in prolonged contact with packaging material. That is why strict legal requirements apply to ensure the safety of the packaged food. For example, a 'Declaration of Conformity' must be available for each...

Summer holidays

15 June 2020

It's almost holiday time. What are you gonna do? Are you going to stay in Holland, cross the border? What is it abroad that you don't have here? We always went abroad because it rained too often in the Netherlands in the...

The pitfalls of seduction (3)

15 June 2020

Marketing is seduction and that involves a certain exaggeration. But exaggeration is not without risks: seduction can turn into deception. And that is forbidden.  Consumer organisations have been calling for year...

Unilever 100 procent brits

11 June 2020

Unilever announced 11 June 2020 plans to unify its Group legal structure under a single parent company, Unilever PLC, creating a simpler company with greater strategic flexibility, that is better positioned for future su...

OSV Zomerbarbecue 2020

03 June 2020

De OSV Zomerbarbecue... eigenlijk hadden we nu (3 juni 2020) bij Buitenzorg in Ede moeten genieten van het netwerkevent van het jaar. Genieten van een stoere barbecue en bijpraten met al je relaties, met vanavond een hee...

Parliament: No Brexit agreement without fisheries

26 May 2020

On 26 May 2020 in Brussels, the Parliamentary Committee on Fisheries adopted its final position on the European Union's future relations with the United Kingdom. CDA MEP and fisheries spokesperson Annie Schreijer-Pierik ...

Hand in hand

15 May 2020

King's Day 2020. No strange junk on markets and no ridiculous sales pitch about how functional those broken things are. No live music. No overcrowded terraces. No bratwurst or hamburgers from a shady stand on the square....

Jacob Schilstra: "Dare to be critical"

15 May 2020

If you want to know more about the state of food safety in the Netherlands and the world, you can't escape a conversation with Jacob Schilstra, director at Riskplaza and director of Business Development at KTBA.  ...

From the outside and from the inside

15 May 2020

External food safety During this corona crisis, it becomes crystal clear that we are running considerable risks, also with regard to food safety. It is known that direct contact with insects and (infected) animals thr...

What 1.5 meters?

15 May 2020

The simplest measure to protect you against the COVID 19 virus appears to be the most effective. The evidence that hand-washing prevents disease transmission is overwhelming and the costs are low. My mother, 83 years old...

We miss you guys

15 May 2020

It's been two months already since the start of the lockdown. Two months in which personal contact is minimal. If you read my columns regularly, you know that personal contact is my number one priority. I am always looki...

The pitfalls of seduction (2)

15 May 2020

Marketing is seduction and that involves a certain exaggeration. But exaggeration is not without risks: seduction can turn into deception. And that is forbidden.   Consumer organisations have been calling for att...

For each other

06 April 2020

"So, what do you guys think of this cruesli?" I ask the kids. Now that (certain) shelves in the supermarket are empty, we move on to other brands than the ones we prefer. Flexible as we are, we are constantly looking for...

Think differently - otherwise you won't reach the younger generations.

06 April 2020

You could call Marko van de Plasse an inventor. He researches, tries, falls and stands up again, to continue experimenting and to find solutions. By doing so new processing and packaging methods are created, aimed at the...