European Journal of Nutrition & Food Safety, ISSN: 2347-5641,Vol.: 8, Issue.: 4(October-December)


Sodium and Saturated Fat Levels in Meat Products in the Netherlands: An Evaluation Based on Label Information


Suzan J. C. M. Janssen1, Kelly J. J. Neessen2, Elizabeth Dunford3,4, Hans Verhagen5,6,7 and Annet J. C. Roodenburg2*

1Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences , Maastricht University, P.O.Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands.

2Department Nutrition and Health, HAS University of Applied Sciences, P.O.Box 90108, 5200 MA, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

3The George Institute for Global Health, Level 5, 1 King St | Newtown NSW 2042, Australia.

4Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 137123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, USA.

5National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), P.O.Box 1, 3720 BA Bilthoven, The Netherlands.

6Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), University of Ulster, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland.

7Current affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy.

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Specific Comment

Average Peer review marks at initial stage: 8.33/10

Average Peer review marks at publication stage: 9.5/10

Peer review history

Stage Description File 1 File 2
Stage 1 Original Manuscript File 1 NA
Stage 2 Initial Screening by ACE File 1 NA
Stage 2 Peer review report_1 (V. Sudershan Rao, India) File 1 NA
Stage 2 Peer review report_2 (Gabriela Halpern, Brazil) File 1 NA
Stage 2 Peer review report_3 (Satyam Prakash, Nepal) File 1 File 2
Stage 2 Peer review report_4 (Benedikt Merz, Germany) File 1 NA
Stage 2 Revised_MS_v1_and_Feedback_v1 File 1 File 2
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_1_v1 File 1 NA
Stage 3 Comment_Editor_2_v1 File 1 NA