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  1. October 9, 2019

    New Dietary guidelines for the Belgian adult population

    On October 1st a scientific advisory report was published by the Superior Health Council of Belgium which provides Food Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG) for the Belgian adult population. The advise offers guidance to public health policy-makers.
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  2. EFSA Public consultation: cumulative risk assessment of pesticides

    EFSA is carrying out a public consultation on its pilot assessments of the risks posed to humans by residues of multiple pesticides in food.
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  3. September 17, 2019

    Working Programme 2020 from The Health Council of the Netherlands

    Traditionally on the third Tuesday of September, the Health Council from the Netherlands presents its working programme for the coming year. Divided in 5 themes: care, prevention & screening, nutrition, living environment and working conditions, the programme tells us about which subjects advise will be given to the ministers and parliament.
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  4. September 5, 2019

    WHO recommends stronger Focus on Nutrition within Health Services

    ‘Essential health packages in all settings need to contain robust nutrition components but countries will need to decide which interventions best support their national health policies, strategies and plans’. Thus is written in a newly published WHO report on nutritional interventions that are needed throughout the world. This report has been released on September 4th is an update from the report of 2013. The report looks at meaningful nutritional interventions during prenatal care, during infancy, during emergencies, for people at risk of non-communicable diseases and for elderly. Supporting breastfeeding is still one of the most important interventions. For the general population, key factor is providing advice on diet such as limiting the intake of free sugars and salt to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
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  5. The new edition of the Ter Perse has been published

    On May 9th, 2019, the digital newsletter of MVO for health professionals was published.
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  6. April 24, 2019

    European limit for trans fatty acids in the diet

    Today the EU Commission adopted legislation that determines that in two years' time foodproducts may contain no more than 2% trans fatty acids (industrial; on a fat basis) in the end product. In the Netherlands, trans fatty acids are virtually no longer found in foods. In the Netherlands there has been no public health issue for years, but in some other European countries there still is.
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  7. EU regulation changes specifications of coriander seed oil from Coriandrum sativum

    At the 20th of March 2019 the EU regulation Vo (EU) 2019/456 was published in the Official Journal of the European Union authorising the change of the specifications of the (already authorized) novel food coriander seed oil from Coriandrum sativum. This coriander seed oil is used in food supplements. In this regulation the lower figure of the saponification value is decreases from the current 186 mg KOH/g to 179 mg KOH/g.
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  8. March 19, 2019

    EU regulation published for extension of use of Schizochytrium sp. (ATCC PTA-9695)

    At the 11th of March 2019 the EU regulation Vo (EU) 2019/387 was published on the extension of the use of the (already authorized) novel foods Schizochytrium sp. (ATCC PTA-9695) to fruit and vegetable purees with a maximum level of DHA of 100 mg/100 g. Furthermore, this legislation allows the removal of the mention of the strain ‘(ATCC PTA 9695)’ from the designation on the food labels.
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  9. January 29, 2019

    EU regulations published for the extension of the use of Allanblackiaseseed and Schizochytrium sp. oil

    At the 25th of January 2019 the EU regulations on the extension of the use of the (already authorized) novel foods Allanblackia seed oil and Schizochytrium sp. oil foods were published in the Official Journal of the European Union. In addition, in this Journal a regulation was published to authorize the increase of the maximum content of phospholipids in the ingredient lipid extract from Antarctic Krill (Euphausia superba) from 50% to less than 60%.
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  10. RASFF alert on GE in fat from Sweden


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