Certification of unpackaged organic products started

Already 658 shops certified for the sale of unpacked organic products

Skal Biocontrole has set up a new certification scheme for the sale of unpackaged organic products. This meets the latest requirements of the European Regulation EU 2018/848. Currently 13 retail chains, 83 independent shops and 3 market stalls have applied for certification. This brings the total to 1737 sales outlets, 658 of which are now certified. Supervision has now started. In the event of shortcomings, sanctions may be imposed.

Skal Currently, Skal checks for proper compliance.

Small retail outlets that produce and sell organic products in bulk can be exempted from the certification requirement. They do have to report to Skal and agree to the conditions. A random check will be made if these conditions are met.

21-06-2022: Minister Staghouwer (LNV) informs the Dutch House of Representatives about the current status of certification of supermarkets, small retail outlets and specialist shops for the sale of unpackaged organic products.
See: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ministerie-van-landbouw-natuur-en-voedselkwaliteit/documenten/kamerstukken/2022/06/21/stand-van-zaken-winkelcertificering-voor-de-verkoop-van-onverpakte-biologische-producten

A new Code for the Dutch Veterinarian
02-06-2022 The Board of Delegates of the KNMvD, the Royal Dutch Society for Veterinary Medicine as the professional organisation for veterinarians in the Netherlands, adopted a new version of the Code for Veterinarians on 2 June 2022. This Code is thus aligned with the Code of Conduct of our European umbrella organisation, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).

Biodiversity on your plate (BOJB), an appealing new catering concept
20-06-2022 Many hotel, restaurant and catering entrepreneurs want to become more sustainable. They are putting vegetable ingredients and regional products on the menu, taking energy-saving measures and
try to tackle waste problems, both by preventing food waste and by separating packaging waste. Cost savings and guest demand are important arguments, but many
entrepreneurs are also motivated in themselves to make a positive difference. With the new concept 'Biodiversity on your Plate' developed by Dutch Cuisine, restaurateurs and caterers can distinguish themselves positively with guests, staff and other parties and also generate a lot of impact. In doing so, catering wholesalers who are currently taking part in a
A key role in this pioneering process. In the meantime, the Directorate for Strategy, Knowledge and Innovation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality has granted a subsidy application subject to conditions. See:
https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ministerie-van-landbouw-natuur-en-voedselkwaliteit/documenten/besluiten/2022/06/20/besluit-op-subsidieverzoek-biodiversiteit-op-je-bord

New icons for THT and TGT
01-07-2022 Most consumers confuse the Best Before (THT) and Use By (TGT) dates. As a result, they often throw away products that are still edible. In order to clarify the difference between the two best-before dates, Samen Tegen Voedselversp wast wastelen is introducing two icons that producers can place on the packaging voluntarily. These icons can be placed next to the legally compulsory best-before date.

Research by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) shows that icons on packaging can help consumers to waste less food. With an icon, consumers are less inclined to throw away THT products after the date. The icon also contributes to the fact that they eat TGT products on the best before date more often and they are more reluctant to eat TGT products after this date, as is the intention for food safety.

The working group that supervised the research also published a practical guide for companies on how to place the additional best-before date indication on the packaging. WUR will then investigate the effect of the icons in practice.

Green Deal 'Over the Date

The research into icons on packaging and this guide are a follow-up to the results of the Green Deal 'About the Date'. The aim of this Green Deal (2017-2019) was to reduce food wastage related to shelf life (and expiry dates) and was a collaboration between the Ministries of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS), FNLI, CBL, NZO, Voedingscentrum and WUR. As a result, legislation was clarified on the application of the Use By. In addition, a joint consumer campaign on best-before dates ran in 2020 and 2021.
See: https://www.evmi.nl/nieuws/wur-houdbaarheids-iconen-op-verpakkingen-kunnen-voedselverspilling-verminderen and
https://www.wur.nl/upload_mm/7/d/9/1f6c4eb1-cc17-43da-a77a-a79bfc37d40c_WFBR_Factsheet_effect%20houdbaarheidsdata%20op%20voedselverspilling.pdf