The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA halted production at seven companies in the poultry sector after they were found to use poisonous insecticide fipronil in the chicken barns. The authority also recalled eggs from four of the companies, the NVWA said on Saturday.
Rotterdam fishery Ruud den Haan won newspaper AD's annual test for the best herring in the Netherlands. "This is something you can only dream of", Christian den Haan said to the newspaper on Friday.
After years of scoring at least a 9 in the National Herring Test, this year Ruud den Haan scored a 10 from the judges. "A full creamy and salty taste. School example of everything that makes the Hollandse Nieuwe a real delicacy", the judges said.
Planting a vegetable or fruit garden in the immediate vicinity of Chemcours factory in Dordrecht is not safe, scientists said to the Volkskrant. According to them, the amounts of GenX on plant leaves are so high in the area, that eating fruit and vegetables grown there can be dangerous to your health.
GenX is a toxic substance. Last week researchers from the Vrije Universiteit reported that there is GenX in drinking water around Zuid-Holland, but that the concentrations aren't high enough to be dangerous.
Food products imported from the United States and sold in Dutch stores often don't comply with European laws and regulation, Foodwatch announced after investigating 86 such products sold by Albert Heijn, Jumbo and Jamin, among others.
According to the watchdog, none of the products fully complied with EU laws. "We already suspected that there are problems in the supervision on these types of American import products, but that not one product from a sample of over 80 products fully complied with European regulation is really scary", Foodwatch said in a statement.
Political parties in Utrecht are fighting over which snacks to serve in the city hall. A proposal was recently accepted to serve at least 50 percent vegetarian or vegan snacks during meetings. The local VVD is now fighting to keep their bitterballen - a deep fried, meat based Dutch snack.
Brasserie Staverden in the Gelderland village of Staverden won first place in Misset Horeca's top 100 terraces in the Netherlands. The jury praised Brasserie Staverden for its beautiful terrace, warm hospitality and enthusiastic staff.
Dutch food safety authority NVWA placed a total of 129 restaurants in the Netherlands under increased supervision between November 2015 and December 2016. This happens when a restaurant gets at least three fines, one of which for poor hygiene standards or rotten food, in a period of two years. Over 30 of the affected restaurants are located in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws reports based on data received from NVWA after appealing to the freedom of information act.
The Tax authorities' investigative department FIOD caught three suspects selling brand-less beer as Heineken and Amstel. Eight businesses in Nijkerk, Putten, Rotterdam, Heusden and Linne were raided on Wednesday. So far no arrests were made, RTL Nieuws reports.
According to FIOD, the suspects bought brand-less beer from abroad, poured it into beer bottles and labeled them with Heineken and Amstel logos. They then sold them at higher prices.
Several Dutch companies fell victim to this fraud. The investigation is still ongoing.
A wedding celebration in Amsterdam-Osdorp on Monday ended in somewhat of a disaster when 20 guests got food poisoning. It seems that the event center served spoiled chicken, RTL Nieuws reports.
About 300 people attended the celebration. According to the bride's sister, 20 people became sick at the same time. "They sat here outside, everyone throwing up in a row. Therefore ambulances responded."
The couple's family is furious. "They served yesterday's chicken. We're going to claim damages and they're not getting a cent from us."
Dutch chef Diego Buik made his way into the Guinness Book of World Records by making a hamburger with a price tag of 2 thousand euros. Whether paying so much for a burger is worth it, probably depends on the eater. Buik himself had a better burger in London for 14 British pounds, he said to food blog Munchies.
Buik is head chef at restaurant South of Huston in The Hague and is known as the unofficial burger king of the Netherlands. He made the expensive burger in Zaandam for International Hamburger Day. The ingredients are listed below:
The number of cheese shops in Amsterdam increased massively over the past decade, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. At the start of this year there were 55 cheese stores in the Dutch capital, an 80 percent increase compared to 2007. Nationwide the number of cheese stores increased 27 percent.
Restaurant chain Halal Fried Chicken launched a new advertising campaign especially for Ramadan. Thanks to a clever design from ad agency Etcetera, the chain's bus stop ads in Amsterdam are blank during the daylight hours, and show a plate of delicious fried chicken after nightfall - when Muslims who follow Ramadan can break their fast.
The average Netherlands resident tossed about 41 kilograms of food into trash bins last year, which translates to a 15% decrease in food waste from 2010. That year people still threw away 48 kilos of food, according to research commissioned by the Economic Affairs and Infrastructure & Environment ministries in the Netherlands.
More micro-plastics are ending up in food and the main culprit is the washing of synthetic clothing in the washing machine, according to a new study by the Plastic Soup Foundation, ANP reports.
There were indications that the Turkish Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya's security guards were carrying weapons during disturbances at the Turkish consulate in Rotterdam last month, the Dutch government wrote to parliament on Monday. The police therefore considered the guards "armed and dangerous". No weapons were found after they were arrested, AD reports.
Departing State Secretary Martijn van Dam of Economic Affairs wants to install cameras in Dutch slaughterhouses and give the footage to Dutch food safety authority NVWA to monitor abuse. This is in reaction to leaked footage showing horrible abuses in a Belgian slaughterhouse, AD reports.
The video from Tielt, Belgium shows pigs being kicked and beaten, being cut open while fully conscious and being drowned. The slaughterhouse, which also supplied some Dutch butchers, was closed indefinitely.
Dunkin Donuts plans to eventually open 160 stores in the Netherlands, the first of which opened in Amsterdam on Nieuwendijk on Thursday. Dozens of people lined up early on Thursday morning to be the first through the door of the new branch, Het Parool reports.
Some even spent the night in line in front of the donut shop - the first 100 customers got free donuts for a year. Adnan (15) and David (16) were in line since 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. They believe it was worth it. Andan describes Dunkin Donuts as "caviar among donuts."
An American fast food invasion seems poised for the Netherlands this year. A record number of five new-to-the-Netherlands American food chains will be opening in the country in 2017, according to Metro Nieuws.
Loetje Klinkhamer, founder of steak house Loetje, died at the age of 83. He passed away last week Friday after hitting his head while falling down his restaurant's stairs. His family said goodbye to him in Amsterdam-Zuid on Thursday, the Telegraaf reports.
The first Loetje opened in Amsterdam-Zuid 40 years ago as a community and billiard bar. Later the pool tables were replaced by dining tables and the legendary Loetje steak was born
Albert Heijn is opening restaurants and cafes in its larger stores. On Friday the first Bakery Cafe and Deli Kitchen are opening in the Albert Heijn store on Amsterdam's Gelderlandplein. Dozens of other stores will follow in the coming months, the Telegraaf reports.
The Bakery Cafe is located at the entrance of the store. There customers can get something to eat before or after doing their grocery shopping. In the Deli Kitchen, customers can order salads, meals, pizzas and grilled chicken to take home or eat right there. You will also be able to create your own pizza or salad.
Former American president Bill Clinton was spotted eating traditional Dutch dish stamppot at Amsterdam restaurant Tomaz in Begijnensteeg on Monday, AT5 reports.
It took the chef at the restaurant a minute to decide what to make for the 42nd president of the United States, he said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "I had to see what I could make. Well, we do a lot with forgotten vegetables, we make some samppotjies. Those kinds of things." So Clinton got a real Dutch stamppot - traditionally made with whatever vegetables you have leftover in the fridge.
A 31-year-old man from Amsterdam is in custody in England on suspicion of trafficking 12 kilograms of cocaine. He will remain in custody until his case goes to trial in April, Het Parool reports.
The man in question is Kevin B., a defender for the Amsterdam Crusaders - an American football team. On December 27th he flew from Breda to the Biggin Hill Airport in London where customs found 12 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage. According to the local authorities, that amount of cocain has a street value of converted 1.6 million euros in England.
Cynthia Harms' pet birds fell dead to the ground while she was cooking with Albert Heijn's promotional non-stick pans. They died of Teflon poisoning, she claims on Facebook. The supermarket chain is investigating the matter, but stresses that the pans are safe when used normally, Albert Heijn wrote in a response on Facebook.
A spokesperson for the supermarket chain told the Telegraaf that they received complaints about the pans and birds from two customers.
Restaurant Tribeca in Heeze was named the 20th two Michelin star restaurant in the Netherlands during a ceremony in the DeLaMar in Amsterdam on Monday. Restaurant Rijks, in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, was given its first Michelin star, the Volkskrant reports.