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  1. EC publishes Q&A’s concerning Regulation of food information to consumers

    On the 8th of June 2018,. The European Commission published in the Official Journal of the European Union a notice on questions and answers on the application of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 (i.e. the Regulation on the provision of food information to consumers). This notice is intended to assist food business, operators and national authorities in the application of the Regulation by providing answers to a series of questions which were raised after the entry into force of the Regulation.
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  2. WHO published a guide to reduce and eliminate industrial TFA

    The World Health organisation (WHO) released on the 14th of May 2018 a guide entitled ‘REPLACE action package’ for countries to implement actions to reduce and eliminate industrially-produced TFA from the food supply. There ultimate goal is to reduce total TFA intake in all population sub-groups to <2.2 g/ day (<1En%/ day). According to WHO the elimination of TFA is possible by 2023. The Netherlands, and most other Western countries, fulfils already this WHO recommendation whereby the total TFA intake is well below the 1E%. In the Netherlands TFA is no longer a public health issue.
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  3. April 25, 2018

    Scientific criteria endocrine disruptors


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  4. April 24, 2018

    Sweden: New vitamin D fortification rules for margarines

    The Swedish National Food Administration published recently an amendment to the legislation on the fortification of certain foodstuffs including margarine. It expands on the mandatory requirements in Sweden for vitamin D fortification, by increasing the values and number of foodstuffs, to tackle the current national deficiency in vitamin D. The food categories affected include margarine and fat spread blends, milk, plant-based and lactose-free milk alternatives and fermented milk. The regulation shall enter into force on the 16th of May, this year.
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  5. Last call for registration MVO Course Food & Feed Safety


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  6. A lot of interest for MVO guest lectures within the Platform for Food Education (VEP)

    In 2018 MVO will also provide guest lectures at primary schools in the Netherlands within Taste Missions (Smaakmissie) 'Oil & Fat' of the Platform for Food Education.
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  7. March 26, 2018

    Course 'Basics of Oils and Fats' fully booked

    The new course for basics about oils and fats offered by MVO Academy, is now fully booked. Interested persons in a course about oils and fats can still look into the other courses of the MVO Academy programm such as the course 'Food & Feed Safety of Oils and Fats ' or the course 'Sustainability of Oils and Fats'.
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  8. Studies on EU action to combat deforestation and palm oil released

    Last week, the European Commission released two recent studies. As a follow-up to the study published in 2013 on the impact of EU consumption on deforestation, the European Commission launched in 2016 a study to assess the feasibility of options to step up EU action against deforestation. Secondly, the Commission launched a dedicated study on the environmental impact of palm oil consumption and on existing sustainability standards with a view to strengthening the knowledge-base on a subject which is prominent in the public debate both at EU level and in many Member States.
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  9. February 20, 2018

    New edition Ter Perse published

    On the 20th of February 2018 the digital newsletter of MVO for health professionals was published. The Ter Perse has more than 1000 subscribers
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  10. January 19, 2018

    Importance of oils and fats for the Dutch economy increased

    The Dutch import and export of oils, fats and oilseeds grew strongly in 2017. With more than 8 billion euros the export of oils and fats (5 billion euros) and oilseeds (3.1 billion euros) is in the top of the most important product groups for the Dutch export of agricultural goods. The significance of the sector has also increased with the import of agricultural goods. With 5.5 billion euros of oils and fats and 3.9 billion euros of oilseeds, both imports and exports reached a record high in 2017.
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