Food safety


Checking of coffee labelling: three false declarations in Switzerland

As part of the internationally coordinated OPSON VIII operation, thirteen European countries checked that coffee had been correctly declared. Three false declarations were found in Switzerland. Arabica coffee beans had been replaced by cheaper Robusta beans despite the label stating “100% Arabica coffee”.

Species conservation

Tibetan antelope

Seizures of shawls made from Tibetan antelope wool

In 2018, the FSVO and the Swiss Federal Customs Administration seized 41 shawls made from shahtoosh wool. Shawls are seized every year, indicating that the illegal trade remains active. Three to five antelopes are killed in order to produce each shawl, which is why these animals are threatened with extinction.

Good to know


World Food Safety Day

From this year, 7 June will be the “World Food Safety Day”. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of food safety in order to protect consumer health.

Fromage, lait, viande

Report on the monitoring of zoonoses

Zoonoses are diseases which can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. In 2017 campylobacteriosis was once again the zoonosis most commonly recorded in humans in Switzerland.

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