The Dutch government monitors food safety to maintain the security of the agrifood industry and to ensure that consumers can have confidence that the food they eat will not harm their heath.
Food has to meet a wide range of quality specifications. Since 1993, for example, producers have had to obtain government approval before marketing a new food product. Laws and regulations guarantee food safety at national and international level.
Products, food and animal feed can accidentally be contaminated by unwanted substances, which can pose a risk to the health and safety of consumers. Producers are therefore legally obliged to report any contamination to the Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. A good traceability system can ensured that all such products are recalled quickly and effectively.
Food manufacturers are also required by law to describe the risks associated with their products in the form of a food safety plan known as a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plan.