Welcome to the website of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office FSVO

The FSVO is the Swiss federal centre of excellence for the fields of food safety, nutrition, animal health, animal welfare and species conservation in international trade.

This website is currently under construction. To view all content, please change to the German, French or Italian site.



Illegal fishing

Certain consignments of marine fishery products are subject to controls as from 1 March.

Flugzeug über Frachthafen

Import (query)

To prevent animal diseases being brought into the country, various conditions have to be satisfied when importing animals, animal products and foodstuffs. These depend on the country of origin. Trade in wild animals and protected plants is regulated by permits.

Travelling with pets

Travelling with pets

Anyone planning to travel with pets should complete the formalities well in advance. The travel regulations for pets are not the same as those governing the commercial import and export of animals.

Research mandate


The FSVO has its own small programme of applied research and supports projects at other institutions (primarily universities). This enables the Office to acquire the scientific basis that it requires to fulfil its mandate.

Press releases


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