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Can unhealthy foods enter the ‘health halo’? The boundaries of health claims in the absence of nutrient profiles

To date, about 30% of pre-packed food products marketed in the EU have entered the ‘health halo’, attracting consumers by scientifically proven health benefits. The Claims Regulation provides that food products must…
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Investors meet food and agro start-ups

During the two days event in Wageningen, on 17 and 18 May this year, food start-ups will have the opportunity to give their best before an audience of seasoned investors. In the…
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A guide to the Dutch sustainable certification jungle in food

In the beginning of the new calendar year, people tend to stick to new year’s resolutions, such as eating healthier. In supermarkets and other stores choosing healthy/ sustainable products is made easy…
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Dynamic IP addresses may constitute ‘personal data’

Recently the European Court of Justice (‘CJEU’) clarified the definition of personal data under the Data protection Directive. In the Breyer case[1] the CJEU ruled on whether or not a dynamic IP…
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ENISA updates its Good Practice Guide

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (‘ENISA’) published an updated version of its National Cyber Security Strategy Good Practice Guide (‘the Guide’) on 14 November 2016, which includes a…
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Nothing left to hide? Status quo on Dutch bill permitting active disclosure of food safety inspection results

Recently, an amendment to the Dutch Health Act (Gezondheidswet) was voted in Dutch Parliament, allowing the Dutch Food Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Warenautoriteit or NVWA) to actively disclose its inspection results….
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Cross sector innovations and legal loopholes

On 24 November last, the Dutch Life Sciences Conference took place in Leiden, the Netherlands. This conference brings together a large number of life sciences professionals from the Netherlands and abroad. One…
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Enforcement measures regarding borderline products

As observed in an earlier post, the boundaries between food products and medicinal products are sometimes blurred. However, the qualification of a product as either one or the other may have huge…
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