Switzerland: Voluntary import ban on horse meat from South America
Regulation & Compliances
Published Dec 10, 2023
The import of horse meat from Argentine and Uruguay has been criticized due to inadequate housing conditions and lack of traceability, posing a potential risk to food safety. Recent EU audit reports indicate that while animal welfare has improved, it is still deficient in many areas, and there is also strong criticism regarding the traceability and use of medication in rearing. As a result, the board of directors of Proviande is calling for a voluntary stop to importing horse meat from these countries and urging the Federal Office for Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs to issue an import ban to address these issues.
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The import of horse meat from Argentine and Uruguay is repeatedly criticized. In the past, this criticism primarily related to the housing conditions, which were described as not species-appropriate. Recently there has been increasing criticism over the lack of traceability of imported meat, which could put food safety at risk. The latest EU audit reports (November 2023) assessing the control system for the production of horse meat in Argentine and Uruguay, which is intended for export to the European Union, note that animal welfare has improved compared to previous audit reports, but is still deficient in many areas. There is also strong criticism of the traceability already mentioned and thus also the incomprehensible use of medication in rearing. Based on these latest reports, action is required. The board of directors of Proviande ...