Various bodies ensure that Swiss livestock are healthy. The intention is to prevent epidemics breaking out thanks to complete controls on the movement of livestock. Active monitoring is showing an effect: Switzerland is largely free of highly infectious animal diseases
Animal protection and hygiene
Ensuring that the animals are properly cared for is also decisive for animal health. This is assured by the strict Swiss animal protection laws. They have to be consistently adhered to and independent checks are carried out to monitor this. General cleanliness and hygiene are also closely followed up. Drugs are only used in close consultation with the veterinary surgeon and their use is recorded in detail. No residues are found in Swiss meat.
The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) checks and monitors animal health and, together with the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), takes on the responsibility of testing meat and meat products. Drugs for use in animals must be licensed by the Federal Government and are first tested for safety.
An important quality feature is the traceability of Swiss meat from the shop counter to the slaughtering block – and from there to the farms on which the animals were born. Control of the movement of animals applies to all cloven-hoofed animals: cattle, calves, sheep, goats and pigs, but also buffalo, llamas, alpacas and fallow and red deer which are kept in Switzerland. The animals are marked at birth and recorded in a national database. Any contacts with other animals or movements to other farms are recorded.