The progress of improvements in the range of products and compliance with the maximum contents as regards salt, saturated fat and calories (sugar and fat) are monitored.
The progress of the agreements is monitored as follows:
- Every year the umbrella organisations of the food sectors ask their members about compliance with the maximum contents.
- The progress made in improvements to product composition for salt, saturated fat and calorie content (sugar and/or (saturated) fat) is monitored at product level. National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) carries out this monitoring and uses the food database (LEDA) as a basis for this. Companies have to make data about their product composition available. These data are essential for a good analysis of salt, (saturated) fat and sugar content in products. If there are developments that provide opportunities for improvements and/or a simplification of the monitoring of the progress made at product level, the monitoring can be modified to suit these.
- Analysis data regarding product composition resulting from research carried out by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) are part of the total picture obtained.
- KHN charts the effect of its policy and efforts using, for example, market or trend studies.
The above monitoring relates to product composition and the progress made in improvements to this. In addition, monitoring is carried out at consumption level via the regular Food Consumption Survey (VCP). Salt consumption is determined every 4-5 years on the basis of 24-hour urine collection. This monitoring is financed by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS).