New book in Dutch

Eet vet word slank

Eet vet word slank gepubliceerd januari 2013

In dit boek lees je o.a.: * heel veel informatie ter bevordering van je gezondheid; * hoe je door de juiste vetten te eten en te drinken kan afvallen; * hoe de overheid en de voedingsindustrie ons, uit financieel belang, verkeerd voorlichten; * dat je van bewerkte vetten ziek kan worden.

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How 'healthy eating' is making us ill
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"NH&WL may be the best non-technical book on diet ever written"
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FAO to Review International Food Safety Guidelines To Ensure The Safety Of The Global Food Supply

FAO and WHO have initiated a review of their food standard setting operations through Codex Alimentarius and related agencies. In recent years Codex standards for labeling of food and for food safety have been taken up and tend to supersede national actions because WTO normally implements Codex standards in trade negotiations. Most independent countries face yielding national standards to the practical necessity of importing & exporting food. This is the ugly face of globalisation We urge everyone to try to add their opinions to the review to prevent the review being dominated by multinational companies (such companies are given status equivalent to countries by Codex).



The Codex Alimentarius Commission was established by FAO and WHO in 1962 to implement the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The Programme's importance has gradually shifted from providing a basis for national standards to providing the point of reference in standards, guidelines and codes of practice for international trade. FAO and WHO have now called for an in-depth independent evaluation of the work of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme, including the Codex Alimentarius Commission, in order to meet more effectively the needs of the world's people and improve the systems to protect and promote the global food supply for both developing and developed countries. The terms of reference for the evaluation can be found on WHO's web site at:, together with other relevant background information.

This evaluation, launched in March 2002 and due to be completed in early 2003, will examine the respective requirements of producers, industry, traders, consumers and regulators and provide recommendations and considerations for the future on the relevance of standards or alternative approaches in meeting the overall objectives in consumer protection (in particular for health risks) and in ensuring fair practices for food trade, including the needs of both developed and developing countries.

The evaluation will be carried out by an independent Evaluation Team and an Expert Panel. The two groups will work closely together and produce reports by November this year, following the widest possible consultation with member countries of FAO and WHO and other stakeholders. In addition to a formal questionnaire on key issues to Member States and stakeholders through official channels (which will be distributed in May 2002), the consultation process will involve different vehicles, including country visits, in-depth interviews, literature reviews, content analysis, etc. One element of this process is to invite informal comments from the global public and all potentially interested parties, in an attempt to include the broadest possible range of relevant opinions and issues. All comments thus received will be forwarded to the Evaluation Team and Expert Panel for their consideration as part of responses obtained through the various methods. All information will be held confidentially and no individual names will be mentioned in any reports. Interested stakeholders and the public are invited to send their comments by 13 May 2002 to the WHO Department of Budget and Management Reform, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland; fax: +41 22 791 4807; email:

Issues for comment could include following aspects:

(1) The relevance and adequacy of Codex and other food standards as a basis for consumer health protection, trade and economic development, including the relevance and adequacy of standards as instruments for preventing foodborne diseases and other health risks, for food safety risk management and consumer protection, and for trade and economic development and production practice; the expectations as to standards in imports and exports and for domestic trade, particularly as regards the validity and acceptability of standards;

(2) The adequacy of governance structures and decision-making processes in Codex and other food standard work, including the expectation as to the institutional mechanisms for standard setting, including the structure and procedures of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its subsidiary bodies; the technical and administrative support given to the work of the Commission by FAO and WHO, including secretariat and expert committees, possibilities and limitations for participation in the decision making processes, and direct and indirect costs and ways of covering them;

(3) The efficiency and transparency of the Codex process, including the independence of Codex bodies and of scientific advice given to Codex and avoidance of conflict of interest; (4) Opportunities to participate in the Codex process, including . the particular interests of developing countries as regards participation in the standards setting process and assistance to them in implementing standards; . the expectation of producers, industry and civil society and their likely impact on international standards;  mobilization of adequate support for developing country capacity building and their participation in the standard setting processes; and

(5) Implications for future international systems of food safety and food standards developments relative to public health, food trade and economic development in a broad sense, including . advantages of potentially quite different approaches to those at present in place for consumer protection (especially for health) and economic development through clarity in international and domestic trade as well as for standard setting at international and domestic levels; . the implications for developing countries, if food standards setting for international trade were allowed to become the preserve of the developed countries and main trading nations.





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