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2020: extra commitment to product safety

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) will deploy extra capacity in 2020 for the supervision of product safety and manure controls. The NVWA is also deploying extra people to be able to respond more..

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Supporting the positive evolution of the company culture

18 November 2014

Vergeer Holland is proof that innovation is always possible, even with a traditional product such as cheese. The company’s product range is evolving all the time, and so too it its workforce: employees have plenty of opp...

Innovative packaging concept: Mylar

14 October 2014

An innovative packaging concept which enables food products – and their packaging – to be placed from the freezer directly into the oven or microwave or on the contact grill. It saves energy, reduces food waste and impro...

Snel en betrouwbaar

09 September 2014

Minimaliseren van microbiologische risico’s? Controle krijgen over de fysische eigenschappen van uw product zoals textuur, kleur, smaak en voedingswaarden? Het meten van wateractiviteit (Aw-waarde) met meetinstrumenten v...

Meat transport as an extension of cold storage

09 September 2014

In 2013, the European Commission requested a scientific opinion on the public health risks related to the maintenance of the cold chain during storage and transport of meat. To this end, TNO carried out research in The N...

A new ‘FrieslandCampina feeling’

10 June 2014

Last year Geke Naaktgeboren, director of quality assurance & safety at FrieslandCampina, won the Quality Manager in Food 2013 award. According to the judging panel, she has “succeeded in significantly improving the q...

Tools for optimising processes

10 June 2014

‘Trends in automation’ is a very broad topic. It covers traceability, analysis of big data and machines which are ever-better aligned with one another. Tablets are also becoming increasingly commonplace on the factory fl...

OneGrain® mineral salt wins MFC Innovation Trophy

10 June 2014

AkzoNobel was announced as winner of the MFC Innovation Trophy for the meat category with its OneGrain® mineral salt on 22 May during the inaugural MFC Event in Rosmalen, The Netherlands. Having been prepared using the m...

Allergen-free products basis for a transparent chain

10 June 2014

With tasty allergen-free herbs, spices and, since recently, sauces and marinades too, Dutch Spices is a valuable chain partner for the food industry. A process built around strict agreements is designed to ensure a trans...

A Smooth-Running System at Marfo

13 May 2014

At meal-solution manufacturer Marfo, food safety is fully integrated into the company’s operations. The QA department forms the heart of this approach and supports the other departments every step of the way, from the so...

Detectable materials

15 April 2014

Legislation and quality systems dictate that the risk of foreign bodies in food products – and the associated hazards to consumers – should be minimised, which is why a growing number of companies are replacing non-detec...

Stay up to date!

03 January 2014

The food sector is certainly dynamic. You can’t stand still, even if you want to: regulatory and legislative changes force you to stay up to date. State Secretary Dijksma from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Edit...

There are limits to food safety testing

03 January 2014

The development and use of reliable test methods has undoubtedly contributed to the progress made so far in microbiological food safety, but a saturation point has been reached. “Food safety cannot be increased signif...

Leren van incidenten niet vrijblijvend

03 January 2014

The Dutch Safety Board concludes that contaminations may occur in the food processing industry that cannot be predicted, are difficult to prevent and hence cannot always be prevented by conventional strategies. A further...

Agreement on improved food product composition

03 January 2014

The current levels of salt, saturated fat and sugar in food products must be reduced: in late January, several parties signed an Agreement that extends far beyond the existing Covenant on the reformulation of food. What ...

'Steam on demand'

03 January 2014

Scharff Techniek in Utrecht is strong in steam. For over 30 years, this Dutch family-owned business has been advising its clients on using steam to heat food products rapidly yet in a controlled manner. Manufacturing ...