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07 May, 2020 Legal Update

Switzerland: Labeling Requirements

Switzerland: Labeling Requirements

The Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office of Switzerland has notified the World Trade Organization of the Revision of the Ordinance on Foodstuffs and Utility Articles.

As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the labeling requirements for food products are relaxed for a time limited period of six months with the aim of providing food manufacturers more flexibility. This will allow food producers to source alternative ingredients or packaging materials to substitute ingredients or materials in short supply without having to amend the packaging information.
The following conditions have to be met:
  1. The manufacturer has to demonstrate that the supply shortage is a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. The alternative ingredients used have no bearing on the relevant health information provided on the packaging (e.g. ingredients that are allergens or may cause undesired reactions).
  3. Foodstuffs produced according to this derogation have to be labeled with a red round sticker followed by an internet address where consumers can obtain information about the ingredients and packaging materials used, and how these may differ from the information contained on the packaging.
The revision entered into force on April 16, 2020.
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