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Food Claims Centre Venlo

Food Claims Centre Venlo (FCCV) is the knowledge centre for all questions related to nutrition and food law. FCCV focuses on all questions related to the legal demonstration of whether food is safe or healthy. By bringing together the food industry, policymakers and researchers from a wide variety of expertise areas, FCCV bridges the gap between nutritional science and food law.

What can FCCV do for you?

FCCV provides tailored, project-based knowledge of high scientific quality upon:

  • how to scientifically substantiate safety and healthiness of food products
  • how to be compliant with EU food law
  • what to expect from and how to deal with food policy developments

We perform research and advise SMEs and regulatory affairs professionals in the food industry on legal issues related to food safety and health, including new product development, product labelling requirements and effective marketing strategies.


  • Universiteit van Nederland

    Chocolate is the most widely eaten candy in the world. What makes it so irresistible?

    Wednesday, September 14, 2022

    Chocolate is the most widely eaten candy in the world. What makes it so irresistible? Two experts from Maastricht University share their knowledge.

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  • The R is in the month. Which vitamins should you take or not take?

    Friday, February 18, 2022

    The R is in the month, you are tired, pale and feel that you could use some help. At the drugstore a whole wall of vitamins is staring at you, but which one should you take now?

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  • The sense and nonsense of a ginger shot

    The sense and nonsense of a ginger shot

    Monday, January 17, 2022

    Some people swear by drinking a ginger shot. Good for circulation, stimulates digestion and ideal against nausea. So essential for health? Nutrition scientist Alie de Boer responds to this.

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  • Hidde van Steenwijk

    Vegetables and fruit are healthy. And we're going to prove it.

    Monday, December 14, 2020

    Hidde van Steenwijk, a former pharmacy student, became fascinated by the health effects of vegetables and fruit and is now a PhD student at University College Venlo. Within the Dutch government’s top-sector project 'The Value(s) of Vegetables and Fruit' he will be working on an innovative challenge model over the next four years through which he hopes to scientifically demonstrate the health benefits of fruit and vegetables.

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  • Food Claims Centre Venlo (FCCV)

    IDS researcher wins grant about food health claims

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    What can we learn about the health claims that manufacturers make about foods by applying data science?

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  • Alie de Boer 2nd in New Scientist’s 2019 Science Talent competition

    Friday, May 31, 2019

    During a festive evening in Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg music complex, Alie de Boer was named runner up for the title of Science Talent 2019.

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  • Alie de Boer in the top 5 of 'Science Talent of the Year'

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    Food scientist Alie de Boer from the UM campus in Venlo is among the final five talented researchers who have a chance of winning the New Scientist title ‘Science Talent of the Year’.

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  • Candy vs chocolate: which is healthier?

    Monday, May 6, 2019

    A quarter of the candy stores have disappeared from the street view in the last 14 years. In the meantime sales of chocolate has grown. According to research, this is because consumers think that chocolate is healthier than candy. But is that correct?...Alie de Boer explains in this Dutch article.

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  • Alie de Boer

    Vote for Alie

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    The VIVA400 is a list of 400 inspiring women who shine in their field of expertise and who are nominated because of their talents. Our Alie de Boer is on that list in the category ‘Knappe koppen’ (brainiacs).

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  • Dutch Agrifood Week

    What will you be eating in the future?

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Read more


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Brightlands is an open innovation community in a global context, connecting four campuses in the province of Limburg: in Maastricht, Heerlen, Sittard-Geleen and Venlo. The campuses provide entrepreneurs, scientists and students state-of-the-art facilities to support development, education, innovation and growth. Naturally, there are close links between all four Brightlands campuses, and together they enable Limburg to serve as an innovation region where researchers and entrepreneurs take on the major challenges in the areas of materials, health, food and smart services.