Food

Sushi
Apr 19 '17 14:30

The tax authorities investigative department FIOD arrested two persons in charge of a well known sushi chain in Rotterdam on Tuesday on suspicion of large-scale fraud, AD reports.

A criminal investigation was launched into the duo after a tax audit at one of the sushi restaurants revealed that data was deleted from the point-of-sale system. The tax authorities believe that this was done to skim revenue.

Skimming revenue in order to evade taxes is considered fraud. According to FIOD it distorts competition and harms tax payers.

Meat processing
Jan 24 '17 10:32

Eating less meat and drinking less alcohol and soft drinks will not only benefit Dutch people's health, but also the environment, the national institute for public health and environment RIVM said in a report on Tuesday, the Volkskrant reports.

Hospital food
Jan 6 '17 14:40

Dutch hospitals can lower their food waste by half by switching to a more modern way of supplying food for patients, according to a study by Wagenignen University that compared the way hospitals in the Netherlands provide food to their patients for the first time, NOS reports.

Hospitals that cook food for their patients in a traditional way - with a kitchen staff that cooks the food fresh each day - have about 40 percent of their hot meals end up iin the trash, according to the study. In hospitals that use a more modern way, that is about 50 percent less. 

Jan 6 '17 13:30

The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA issued 20 percent more fines in 2016 than in 2015 for violation of various consumer laws. These included violation of the Commodities Act, the Tobacco Act, Medicines Act and the Act for the protection of plants and animals, ANP reports.

The NVWA attributes the increase to stricter inspections and letting fewer culprits go with a warning. In total the NVWA 7,766 fines. This included things like selling products you aren't allowed to, giving false information and the like. 

Oliebollen
Dec 30 '16 15:55

Oliebollen lovers managed to turn baker Alfred Kroeze's frown upside down. The baker at Pijp bakery Venekamp was reduced to tears when AD's Oliebollen Test named his oliebollen the worst in Amsterdam. But thanks to a campaign on Facebook, his business is again surging.

Kroeze was devastated by AD's review that his oliebollen taste too much like cinnamon and that he's only selling "baked air", so much so that he burst into tears in an interview with AT5 about the review. 

Dec 29 '16 14:15

Between 10 and 20 percent of Dutch bars, restaurants and clubs fail fire safety checks, the Netherlands' national fire department Brandweer Nederland said to BNR. This is impossible for consumers to know, as only Rotterdam puts fire safety inspection reports online. Safety experts are therefore calling that publishing inspection reports on fire safety becomes the norm in the country, the broadcaster reports

Oliebollen
Dec 29 '16 11:10

A video of Amsterdam oliebollen chef Alfred Kroeze crying over a poor score on newspaper, prompted an online campaign to support him and his bakery Venekamp in De Pijp.

Amsterdam in general did not score well on the Oliebollen Test, with the first Amsterdam bakery only appearing in the 72nd spot. But with a score of 4.5 and a review of "baked air", Venekamp scored worst in Amsterdam. 

Sugar cubes
Dec 28 '16 17:10

Nearly half of canned and bottled vegetables in the Netherlands contain added sugar, Foodwatch announced after investigating an assortment of products from Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Lidl and Aldi. The food watchdog calls on the government to take action, RTL Nieuws reports.

A massive 70 of the 170 tested canned and bottled vegetables contained added sugar. That is 46 percent of the examined products. "Even in organic vegetables added sugars were found", Foodwatch says.

Oliebollen
Dec 27 '16 09:19

The annual award for making the best "oliebollen" in the Netherlands again went to baker Voskamp from Spijkenisse. This is the third time Voskamp wins newspaper AD's oliebollen test, previous wins were 2015 and 2010. 

Oliebollen are a traditional Dutch snack that is something of a cross between a dumpling and a donut, sometimes called Dutch donuts or just Dutchies in English.

Inter Scaldes restaurant in Kruiningen
Oct 24 '16 16:45

Inter Scaldes in Kruinngen was named the Netherlands' best restaurant on the Lekker500 list for 2017. Second place went to De Librije and third to De Leest in Vaassen, NU.nl reports.

The judges praised Inter Scaldes for its "excellent cuisine". But added that there was very little difference between the top three. De Librije and De Leest both have three Michelin stars, Inter Scaldes has two.

The full Lekker500 list will be published on Tuesday.

Oct 19 '16 14:45

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is removing the "conscious choice" check marks from food products. The check mark on food packaging indicates whether the product fits with a healthy lifestyle

Oct 18 '16 13:20

Weight loss food supplements and teas of the brands Emtea, Irem Natural and Niva Detox may contain substances also present in medicines and may therefore have serious side effects, the Dutch food and product safety authority NVWA warns.

Sep 28 '16 16:00

Controversial taxi service Uber is launching a food delivery service in Amsterdam on Thursday. UberEATS will use bicycle couriers to deliver meals in the Dutch capitals, thereby becoming a new competitor for existing platforms like Thuisbezorgd.nl, Deliveroo and Foodora

Sep 28 '16 15:30

The Green Happiness diet - a plant-based diet without meat, fish and gluten - has serious shortages that can cause irreparable damage, a spokesperson for the Dutch Nutrition Center said to BNR.

Sep 21 '16 14:10

Supermarket chain Jumbo is removing various beef tartar products, rissole and steak du boeuf from its shelves as the meat products may contain the E.coli bacteria, the supermarket chain announced on Wednesday

Sep 15 '16 16:00

Automatic fast food snack bar Febo is celebrating its 75th birthday with a special "floating" branch. The floating Febo is handing out free "festival croquettes" on the Prinsen canal in Amsterdam today

Sep 7 '16 15:30

The organizers of food truck festival Rollende Keukens is taking Unilever to court because the food producer secretly sold food at the festival, Igor Sorko of Rollende Keukens said to BNR.

Aug 31 '16 16:30

Last year the NVWA fined 172 restaurants in the Netherlands for breaking hygiene and food safety rules more than once. For the first time ever the NVWA published the names of the restaurants, and RTL Nieuws compiled it into an interactive map so consumers can see which of the restaurants are in their neighborhood.

Aug 30 '16 14:30

Dutch people still throw away an average of 135 kilograms of food per person a year. That brings the total food waste for the Netherlands to a total of about 2 billion kilograms per year, which means that the government's goal of reducing food waste by 20 percent was not reached

Aug 30 '16 13:55

From now on Albert Heijn will only have cartoon characters and childhood heroes on responsible products of its own brand, in an attempt to make unhealthy snacks less attractive to children

Aug 23 '16 15:20

Two out of five Dutch restaurants with a Michelin star received at least one warning from the Dutch food safety authority NVWA regarding kitchen hygiene issues since 2012, according to a study done by KRO-NCRV. Most common issues were bugs in the kitchen, careless storage of products and dirty kitchens

Aug 18 '16 12:00

Willy Selten, owner of a now bankrupt meat wholesaler of the same name, must pay the bankruptcy administrator for his business 1 million euros, the court in Oost-Brabant ruled on Wednesday. That amount may increase even further if the court deems it necessary at a later date

Aug 18 '16 10:55

Supermarket chains Lidl and Jumbo are both taking steps against carcinogenic mineral oils in food packaging. Jumbo added extra requirements to its purchasing conditions when it comes to packaging. And Lidl is imposing even stricter limits banning these mineral oils in packaging, the first supermarket in the Netherlands to do so, watchdog Foodwatch announced on Wednesday.

Aug 18 '16 09:10

A new app just launched in Amsterdam solves restaurants' problem of what to do with left over food and late night eaters' problem of where to find something to eat. With ResQ restaurants can sell leftover food at reduced prices after closing time.

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