Health

Aug 4 '17 15:30

Special gluten-free products are not always a healthier alternative to regular products, consumers association Consumentenbond reports. A study done by the association revealed that gluten-free products often contain more fat, sugar and/or salt and less fiber than similar products with gluten, ANP reports.

The association compared the ingredient lists of five gluten-free A-brand products to similar products containing gluten. The results told a scary tale.

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Aug 4 '17 10:08

German supermarket chain Aldi is removing all eggs from the shelves across the country because o, the supermarket chain announced on Friday. According to Aldi, this is a "precautionary measure", ANP reports.

Health insurance
Aug 4 '17 09:35

Health insurance will be more expensive in the Netherlands next year due to an unexpected setback, Chris Oomen, CEO of insurer DSW, said to Radio 1 Journaal on Friday morning. Due to a deficit of 400 million euros, premiums will increase by an average of 30 euros per year, ANP reports.

"Income from the health insurance fund fell out lower in 2016. That resulted in a deficit of 400 million euros", Oomen said. "This will have to be compensated for in the premiums. Because our reserves are decreasing because of this and therefore we can not keep our premiums low."

Aug 3 '17 13:30

The supermarket sector suffered "fairly substantial" damages that can amount to millions of euros as a result of, René Roorda, director of the central bureau of foodstuffs trading CBL said to ANP.

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Aug 3 '17 08:51

Goose bumps and tears filled the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam on Tuesday night as tribute was paid to Ajax footballer Abdelhak Nouri during the Championship League match between Ajax and Nice. Nouri sustained serious and permanent brain damage after he collapsed during a practice match a few weeks ago. 

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Aug 2 '17 15:10

Enormous budget cuts to elderly care done by the Rutte II cabinet saved no money, according to a study by newspaper AD, De Groene Amsterdammer and Investico. The Rutte II cabinet thought to save 1.88 billion euros by being less quick to send elderly people to nursing home, but eventually not a cent was left of that amount, according to the study.

Eggs
Aug 2 '17 14:30

Agricultural organization LTO Nederland is furious that the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA advised consumers to show restraint in eating eggs until the results of an investigation into are in. "That is a terrible and unnecessary statement", Eric Huber, chairman of the poultry farm department, said to Radio 1 Journaal on Wednesday. "It leads to unnecessary unrest among consumers."

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Aug 2 '17 09:52

Gerard Bouman, former chief of the National Police, passed away on Monday at the age of 64, his family announced. According to a statement from the family, Bouman never regained consciousness afterwhile on vacation in the United States in June. 

Bouman's family asked the media to respect their privacy in this time. "We want to guide Gerard calmly and peacefully to his last resting place."

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Aug 2 '17 09:17

Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA added 17 more company codes to its list of . Dutch stores may have been selling eggs containing too much of this insecticide for as long as a year.

Aug 1 '17 15:20

A number of poultry farmers are holding Barneveld company ChickFriend responsible for their production being halted and their eggs being recalled. The NVWAand recalled their eggs after toxic substance fipronil was found in them, ANP reports.

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Aug 1 '17 13:20

The fire brigade is not discriminating by judging men and women equally in the firefighters' periodic condition test, the College for Human Rights ruled, NOS reports.

Eggs
Aug 1 '17 11:20

Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA issued a warning to consumers not to eat eggs with the company code X-NL-40155XX. The content of toxic fipronil in these eggs is so high that they pose an acute danger to public health, the NVWA said, NU.nl reports.

The Xs in the code represent numbers. The code will be stamped on the egg. The NVWA is recalling the affected eggs from the shelves, but consumers who already bought eggs with this code are advised to throw them away. 

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Aug 1 '17 09:55

Young people who are ordered by the juvenile court to undergo therapy face waiting times of up to one year before their therapy can start, the Volkskrant reports based on its own research. 

Jul 31 '17 13:00

The total population of the Netherlands increased by 35 thousand people in the first half of this year, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Monday. Like last year, immigration is still the driving force behind the population growth in the Netherlands.

During the first six months of this year about 100 thousand immigrants settled in the Netherlands, about the same as in the same period in 2016. A total of 69 thousand people emigrated away from the Netherlands. The migration balance is therefore 31 thousand, approximately the same as a year ago. 

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Jul 27 '17 11:50

The call centers for national emergency number 112 and Ambulance Amsterdam are not up to the task of handling a peak in callers, according to an investigation into the availability of these call centers during a massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds in January. This resulted in life-threateningly long waiting times, Het Parool reports.

The investigation was done by the Inspectorates for Healthcare and Security and Justice and the Telecom Agency. The investigators concluded that the availability of 112 falls short during great peaks and must improve. 

Jul 27 '17 09:50

The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA halted production at dozens of egg-laying companies while they investigate whether the companies' eggs contain poisonous substance fipronil. This measure was taken as a precaution while inspectors take samples from eggs, laying hens and manure, ANP reports.

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Jul 26 '17 09:06

The number of Dutch who explicitly said 'no' to being organ donors increased by 152 thousand to 1.71 million since early 2016, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. In the same period the number of people who did give permission for their organs to be donated also increased, by 36 thousand to 3.6 million.

Foundation SIRE's let boys be boys campaign
Jul 25 '17 12:55

Boys must be given more room to be boys, according to a campaign launched by foundation SIRE this week. 'Boy behavior' like wrestling, fighting and taking risks, is too often discouraged and that is detrimental to boys' development, according to the foundation.

SIRE is a foundation dedicated to brining underexposed topics to the attention of Dutch society.

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Jul 24 '17 17:30

A 3-year-old boy was critically injured when he somehow got stuck under a cart on a fairground attraction at the Tilburg fair on Saturday. He is now in a stable condition and out of danger, alderman Erik de Ridder of the municipality of Tilburg said, Brabants Dagblad reports.

It took rescue workers almost an hour to free the boy. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was treated.

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Jul 24 '17 16:50

A large number of organizations, schools, child care institutions and sports clubs in Groningen are working together to make the city the first smoke-free city in the Netherlands. Their ultimate goal is to have no smokers in Groningen, and that no one in the city becomes sick due to smoking, initiator Robert van den Graaf said to RTL Nieuws.

Jul 24 '17 14:10

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.

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Jul 21 '17 14:15

It seems that Christian party SGP is extending its fight against extending the Dutch euthanasia law to the outside world. SGP leader Kees van der Staaij published an opinion piece in American newspaper The Wall Street Journal under the headline: "In the Netherlands, the doctor will kill you".

"Is the day coming that it will be normal for old people to take a pill and simply disappear?" Van der Staaij wrote, according to the Volkskrant. According to him, the Netherlands is on a slippery slope.

Vegetable garden
Jul 21 '17 12:50

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. 

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Jul 19 '17 12:20

The police found the body of a truck driver in his truck on the A1 highway near Deventer. The truck was parked in the emergency lane. The police believe the driver became unwell, pulled over and then died, AD reports.

The trucker was found early on Wednesday morning. The police had to close a lane on the highway to investigate, resulting in a 17 kilometer long traffic jam. The road was open again around 8:00 a.m.

 

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