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Food and fodder hygiene (HACCP)

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

In the Netherlands, if you prepare, process, treat or transport food or drink for human or animal consumption, you must do this safely. You must have a plan based on the HACCP principles (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). This is an analysis of risks involved and procedures for controling these risks throughout the entire food production process.

HACCP plan and hygiene codes

The choice is yours: you can either draw up your own HACCP food safety plan or work with an approved hygiene code. If you work in accordance with an approved hygiene code, you automatically fulfil the legal requirements. You will find a list of hygiene codesExternal link on the (Dutch-language) website of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA). If you draw up a plan yourself, this will have to apply to a specific process or business and must satisfy several requirements. This will be assessed by NVWA.

Catering fairs and events

If you prepare and sell food and drinks during fairs or events, you must have either a HACCP food safety plan or a hygiene code. Furthermore, market stalls and festival tents must meet special hygiene and furnishing requirements.

HACCP and catering

If you have a catering company at home and use your kitchen in a professional as well as private capacity, you must make a clear distinction between foodstuffs for catering and for yourself. Use different fridges for example. Or write the text 'private' on products. If you do not do so, the NVWA will assume that all of the foodstuffs are for catering use if they conduct a check. That means everything must meet the HACCP standards.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency