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Reporting and recalling unsafe food and animal feed

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Food safetyExternal link and hygiene for human food and animal feed are important topics in the Netherlands. If you sell or produce human food or animal feed in the Netherlands that is unsafe, you must report this immediately to the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety AuthorityExternal link (Nederlandse Voedsel en Waren Autoriteit, NVWA).

Human food

If you sell, produce, distribute or store human food in the Netherlands and discover that it is potentially unsafe, you must report this immediatelyExternal link (in Dutch) to the NVWA. You must also inform NVWA who you supplied the product to and who supplied you with the unsafe raw material. In addition, you must inform the supplier of the unsafe raw material.

Animal feed: registering and reporting

If you supply farms with animal feed for barn animals or cattle, you must register your business with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and reportExternal link (in Dutch) all relevant data with regard to the products you have supplied. You must do this before 1 February of each year. This obligation is laid down in the European General Food LawExternal link. This regulation also contains the duty to report.

If you import, sell, produce, process or distribute unsafe animal feed or animal by-products in the Netherlands, you must report this to NVWAExternal link (in Dutch) as well.

If you want to report the production, sale, processing, distribution or storage of unsafe human food products or animal feed you can find the applicable formExternal link on the NVWA's website (in Dutch).

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO