StAR Campaign Dog

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.

Sugar reduction


Companies committed to further sugar reductions in yoghurts and breakfast cereals

Swiss food producers and representatives of retailers agreed on new sugar reduction targets for their products with Federal Councillor Alain Berset. 14 companies signed the extension of the “Declaration of Milan” which will be valid until 2024. The sugar content in yoghurts is to be reduced by a further 10 percent and, in breakfast cereals, by 15 percent. The sugar reduction will now be extended to other products, and salt reduction will be added to the Declaration.


Protocol on Water and Health

The sanitation quality of water in Switzerland remains good

Swiss consumers have access to good quality water: that is what the FSVO and the FOEN have been able to assess based on criteria suggested by WHO in its Protocol on Water and Health. For the first time, the results concerning the quality of drinking water are representative of the whole country. The data comes from twenty cantons and covers more than 77% of the country’s population, compared to 35% in the previous report. 

Good to know


Souvenir tips for stress-free trips

Be careful when importing souvenirs. There are certain factors that need to be considered before importing products of animal or plant origin and handicrafts into Switzerland.

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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