11.7.3 Switzerland

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11.7.3.1 General information

Switzerland has harmonized most of its import requirements with the EU. Refer to the section on the EU for the basic requirements. The following information concerns the specific Swiss requirement which remain applicable.

For meat from animals of the bovine species, if the use of hormonal substances for fattening purposes cannot be excluded, in addition to certification by using Annex A in this section, Animals and products of animal origin from third countries can be found on the Swiss authorities website.

Furthermore, you can find specific labelling requirements – (French only), which apply. Specifically article 3 and 5 are of interest as they indicate that a declaration is required when the animals from which the products are derived may have received hormonal growth promotants. Importers/exporters are responsible to fulfil the applicable labelling requirements.

11.7.3.2 Import prohibitions or restrictions

Edible meat products: establishments must be approved. See the EU section for the list of approved establishments.

11.7.3.3 Specific or additional inspection procedures

See the EU section.

11.7.3.4 Additional certification

See the EU section.

In the case of fresh bovine meat products, Annex A may only be used in cases where the animals from which the meat is derived do not fulfill the requirements prescribed in Annex R of the EU section.

In the case of High Quality of Beef meat: Annex G must be issued.

11.7.3.5 Special marking and packaging requirements

The EU requirements are applicable.

11.7.3.6 Other requirements

See the EU section.

Bovine meat: contrary to the EU, Switzerland does not prohibit the use of anabolic substances but rather implements maximum residue limits in meat products and labelling requirements. The exporter is fully responsible to ensure that applicable requirements are met. Further, Switzerland does not prohibit the use of water (e.g., hot water or steam) to treat carcasses with a view to improve its microbiological quality.

See a CFIA inspector to obtain Annex A

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