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Food and Nutrition

‘Food and Nutrition’ contains the compiled information about RIVM tasks, publications and research related to food and nutrition. What we eat and how our food is produced has a major impact on public health and the environment. RIVM provides the facts and figures on current dietary habits in the Netherlands and their effects on safety, health and sustainability. RIVM also investigates and substantiates initiatives to improve the safety, health and sustainability of our food, taking it to a higher level. ‘Food’ and ‘nutrition’ are not identical synonyms, although they are related. Food safety and sustainability are associated with ‘food’, i.e. food products that are cultivated and produced. The term ‘nutrition’ is about to the consumption of food, in other words what we eat, and how it affects our health. Good nutrition contributes to good physical and physiological health.

What do people in the Netherlands eat?

RIVM collects data about food consumption and the composition of food products in the Netherlands.

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Healthy nutrition

Food and nutrition are an important part of our lifestyle.A major improvement in public health could be achieved by developing healthier dietary habit...

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Food Safety

Food safety standards are high in the Netherlands, resulting in low dietary exposure to chemicals in food and low occurrence of foodborne infections.

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Sustainable Food

Sustainable food is defined as food that meets people’s nutritional needs, both now and in the future, while at the same time protecting ecosyst...

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