Chemicals made from vegetable or animal waste may be an alternative to the use of the substance bisphenol-A (BPA) in thermal paper. Thermal paper is widely used for cash register receipts. Promising alternatives are lacking in the current proposal to the European Commission to reduce the use of BPA.
The European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week will be held this year in the week of 24 -31 January. January 20th, the Olive Foundation (the network of women with gynaecologic cancer) and RIVM opened the Stock Exchange trading day. The president of the Olive Foundation, Fenneke van Swigchum, had the honour of sounding the gong, to raise awareness for cervical cancer and its preve...
The report ‘Recording of foodborne infections and food poisoning in 2013’ issued by RIVM and the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) shows a total of 290 outbreaks involving 1,460 cases of foodborne infection or food poisoning. This is the first time that data from both organisations have been combined in a single study, and it is clear tha...
The Nigerian Ebola patient admitted to the Major Incident Hospital was declared cured 21 days ago. Consequently, the monitoring of the state of health of the University Medical Centre Utrecht medical team that nursed him, has also been concluded. It has been established with certainty that none of the health workers was contaminated with Ebola.
1 January saw the launch of the ANVS. The ANVS combines many of the Dutch government’s tasks in the field of nuclear safety and radiation protection in one independent authority. RIVM is the regular knowledge provider for the ANVS.
Ebola is a rare and serious infectious disease that occurs in Africa and is accompanied by bleeding in the body. Since February, there has been an outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The disease can be contracted only through direct physical contact with a patient or as a result of slaughtering and eating a sick animal. If contaminated, there is a considerable risk of dying.
The Dutch Food Composition Database (NEVO) contains data on the composition of foods and dishes eaten frequently by a large part of the Dutch population. NEVO online 2013 contains data on 2194 food items.
The website 'RIVM top projects' showcases the complexity and innovative nature of our work. RIVM stands at the centre of Dutch society working on projects ranging from health and well being in the city to food quality.