Switzerland, Food

You can read about the most important changes in Swiss food law to bring it in line with the European standard in the following article:


The setting of new maximum levels for vitamins and minerals in food supplements and fortified foods is intended to prevent overdoses leading to adverse health effects. For example, the maximum level for zinc will be significantly reduced. Details can be found in the final text of the regulation, which should be available shortly via the link provided by the Swiss Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs.


The labelling "GMO-free" or "without GMO" will be introduced for animal foodstuffs "if no genetically modified fodder plant or products derived therefrom have been used for feeding the animals".


In future, production methods that are not permitted in Switzerland must be clearly indicated on the packaging. This applies, for example, to eggs from hens that are not kept in a species-appropriate manner.


In addition, the maximum pesticide levels from Appendix 2 of the regulation on Maximum Residue Levels of Pesticides in or on Products of Plant and Animal Origin will be available as an Excel table on the BLV website. With few exceptions, the MRLs are based on the EU MRLs.

Changes will also be made to the Contaminants regulation.


These include new maximum levels for cadmium in chocolate and cocoa powder, copper, zinc, sulphur dioxide and hydrogen peroxide in gelatine and collagen, glycidyl fatty acid esters in vegetable oils and fats and infant formulae and follow-on formulae, as well as atropine and scopolamine in supplementary foods for infants and young children. Here too, we recommend consulting the new draft regulations. For acrylamide, the EU guideline values for certain product groups will be adopted.


In addition, various editorial corrections and revisions will be announced in the case of unclear formulations.


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Author: Dr. Frank Mörsberger