Species conservation


Conference on species conservation in Geneva : Swiss delegation takes stock

The 18th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ended in Geneva on 28 August. The Swiss delegation's overall assessment is generally positive. Switzerland's proposal on international trade in marine ornamental fish was accepted and the trade's sustainability will now be reviewed.

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

Animal experimentation

Animal experiments in 2018: fewer laboratory animals used

In 2018, the number of animals used for experiments in Switzerland was 586,643. This is 4.6% less than in 2017. Compared with 2009, the number of animals used has fallen by more than 16.9%.

Brochure Before you travel

What you need to know before travelling

Most travellers are unaware of the risks associated with returning from abroad with certain foods, souvenirs of animal origin or live animals. The FSVO recaps the main information you need to know.

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.

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