Safety & Quality

Allergens in Food

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in July 2022. What do prawns, celery, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat share in common? Well, these foods can cause serious allergic reactions, but why do some foods trigger allergies more than others, and how do food manufacturers deal with these ingredients? What are food allergies? Allergies occur when a person reacts […]

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World Mycotoxin Forum

In May 2022, I was invited to speak at the 13th annual conference of the World Mycotoxin Forum in Parma. My keynote lecture focused on food safety challenges in a circular economy. Specifically, I addressed the issue of mycotoxin contamination in food processing by-products and why we need to rethink our approach to food safety […]

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Food Quality Schemes: Addressing Common Questions

Originally published on eufic.org in May 2021. Header image credit: EUFIC Some European foods are renowned for their unique quality characteristics like strong links with their geographic origin or sustainable production methods. Various quality schemes protect these products within and outside the European Union. The role of these schemes is to ensure that the products they protect are recognised […]

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Quality labels: What are EU food quality schemes?

Originally published on eufic.org in May 2021. Header image credit: EUFIC Quality is an important consideration for consumers when purchasing food. It is equally important for producers while negotiating the price of their products. As a result, the European Commission protects food products with distinctive quality characteristics through food quality schemes. Food quality Consumers used […]

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Infographic: EU Food Quality Schemes

Originally published on eufic.org in May 2021. Header image credit: EUFIC For the European Food Information Council and the Strength2Food project, I conceptualised and wrote the text for this infographic describing various food quality schemes in Europe and their relevance.

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Vakblad VMT: Retail beïnvloedt keten door voedselveiligheidslabels

Originally published in Vakblad VMT in July 2021. Original article can be accessed here. De retailsector oefent door voedselveiligheidslabels invloed uit op de manier waarop wereldwijd voedsel wordt geproduceerd, verpakt, vervoerd en opgeslagen. Dat zegt promovenda Madhura Rao in een proefschrift dat ze onlangs publiceerde. De afgelopen jaren verschijnen steeds vaker kwaliteitslabels op de verpakkingen […]

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Valorized Food Processing By-Products in the EU

Published open access in Sustainability’s special issue ‘Safety and Quality of Sustainable Food‘ in April 2021. View full text here. Title Valorized Food Processing By-Products in the EU: Finding the Balance between Safety, Nutrition, and Sustainability Abstract Food businesses in the European Union are preparing for a carbon-neutral future by gradually transitioning to a circular […]

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European Private Food Safety Standards in Global Agri-Food Supply Chains

Published open access in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Review in April 2021. View full text here. Title European private food safety standards in global agri-food supply chains: a systematic review Abstract Private food safety standards have become an important governance mechanism in contemporary food supply chains. While much has been written about private […]

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