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Revision of Swiss food Law

2017-01-26 10:21

Switzerland published a package of revised food regulations which will come into force in May 2017. Following the revision of the General Food Law in 2014 Switzerland has amended further regulations and ordinances to a greater degree with its EU neighbours. While the legislation is quite similar, however there are some differences.

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Animal welfare labelling

2016-09-23 10:36

Currenty, there is only one EU-wide system of compulsory labelling on animal welfare - for table eggs. The system for eggs is based on the EU legislation for laying hens defining different production methods (cages, free range, barn, etc.). Such classification of production methods does not exist for other types of animal production in the EU.

The European Commission  does not plan to extend animal welfare labelling beyond eggs-

Instead, the strategy is oriented towards considering the development of an instrument to better inform consumers and companies on animal welfare friendly products that could be used by both producers and retailers, ensuring a transparency to consumers without overflowing them with information on the label. So the approach goes more to a voluntary labelling scheme.

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GMO free dairy products

2016-09-23 10:06

sLidl, the German discount supermarket, has been selling its own brand fresh milk as "GMO free" since July 2016 using the labelling scheme approved by the German government. Since August two GMO free cheeses have been also made available under its private label.

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