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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.


Animal welfare

Tierschutzverordnung Änderung

Amendments to ordinances in the veterinary sector

At its meeting of 10 January 2018, the Federal Council approved various amendments to ordinances in the veterinary sector aimed in particular at promoting the humane and respectful handling of animals. The amendments concern above all the animal welfare ordinance and the ordinance on slaughter practices and meat inspection. The amendments come into force on 1 March 2018.


Slogan StAR

Use of antibiotics – only if necessary

Spearheading the fight against antimicrobial resistance, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its Antibiotic Awareness Week. Switzerland is joining the movement for the first time from 13 to 17 November 2017. Professionals and especially the wider public need to be aware that the consequences of antibiotic resistance are severe and on the rise.   

Swiss Nutrition Strategy 2017-24

People sharing a meal at a table

Enjoy a varied diet and stay healthy

The federal government is presenting the Swiss Nutrition Strategy for 2017-24. It has a clear vision: all people in Switzerland can opt for a balanced and varied diet, regardless of their age, background or income – an important prerequisite for good health.

Good to know

World Wildlife Day 2018

World Wildlife Day

Saturday, 3 March: International World Wildlife Day this year was dedicated to endangered big cats such as lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars and lynxes. Various events on the theme took place in Bern.


Species conservation

The FSVO and the Federal Customs Administration (FCA) seized 34 shahtoosh shawls in 2017. Two to five protected Tibetan antelopes are killed in order to produce a single shawl.

ASP Virus Verbreitung

African swine fever

Regulations of the FSVO and measures to prevent the introduction of ASF in Switzerland.

Press releases


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