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Animal experimentation

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Animal experiments in 2019: further decrease in the number of animals used for experiments

A total of 572 069 animals were subjected to animal experimentation in Switzerland in 2019. According to the animal experimentation statistics of the FSVO this corresponds to a decrease of 2.5 % compared to 2018. 3.2 % of the animals used were subjected to experiments that involved severe constraint. Experiments involving moderate to severe constraint on the animals have increased.

Species conservation

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Seizures of shawls made from Tibetan antelope wool

In 2019, the FSVO and the Swiss Federal Customs Administration seized 79 shawls made from shahtoosh wool. Three to five antelopes are killed in order to produce each shawl, which is why these animals are threatened with extinction. The consistently high number of seizures shows that the trade in these “shawls of shame” is an ongoing issue. 

Declaration of furs

The origin of furs used on clothing must be declared.

More transparency in the labelling of fur

The Federal Council has adopted the revised Fur Declaration Ordinance. From now on, all furs must be clearly marked as “real fur”. This will enable customers to tell at a glance whether a fur is artificial or real, and thus make a more informed choice. 

Antibiotics

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Campaign to return unused antibiotics

What should you do with antibiotics you no longer need? If you use them inappropriately later on, give them to someone else or don’t dispose of them correctly, resistance to antibiotics can build up and they can even become ineffective. For this reason, 18 November sees the launch of a national campaign encouraging people to return unused antibiotics.

Good to know

Beverage border checks

Results of border controls on foodstuffs of plant origin and commodities

Every year, the FSVO carries out multiple border control programmes in collaboration with the Federal Customs Administration and the cantonal authorities. Of the 428 samples analysed in 2019, 100 were non-compliant with legislation. The list of goods concerned and a detailed analysis of the results are available in the current report.

Früherkennung Sicherheit der Lebensmittel

The FSVO compiles the most important food safety information every month

Monitoring developments in the field of food safety is an essential task of early detection. This is why the FSVO summarises and evaluates the main information in Seismo Info.

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Changes decided at CITES CoP18 entered into force on December 1st 2019

Three months after the 18th CITES Conference of the Parties took place in Geneva, the decisions taken there entered into force in Switzerland on December 1st 2019. The new decisions affect trade regulations for instruments made from certain wood species or some shark- and reptile species, to name a few of them.

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