Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Food regulations and enforcement in Switzerland
Authors: Kirchsteiger-Meier, Evelyn
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.22623-1
Published in: Reference module in food science
Issue Date: 20-Nov-2019
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Elsevier
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Amsterdam
ISBN: 978-0-08-100596-5
Language: English
Subjects: Bilateral agreement Switzerland - EU; Classified compilation; Enforcement; Food hygiene; Food safety; Food safety and veterinary office FSVO; Foodstuffs act FSA; Novel food; Precautionary principle; Protection from deception; Self-supervision; Switzerland
Subject (DDC): 344: Labor, social, education and cultural law (CH)
Abstract: This article aims to provide a basic introduction to Swiss food law. It describes the hierarchy of norms in Swiss food legislation and gives information about important legal provisions for the production and commercialization of food, as well as the sources of these provisions. Furthermore, it explains the impact of EU food legislation on Swiss food legislation and gives details of important basic principles on which Swiss food legislation is based (i.e., reporting and licensing requirements, self-supervision and the duties of the food business operator to ensure regulatory compliance, the precautionary principle, and the approval of novel foods). It also provides an overview of the competent authorities and the mechanisms for enforcing food law.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation (ILGI)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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Kirchsteiger-Meier, E. (2019). Food regulations and enforcement in Switzerland. Reference Module in Food Science.
Kirchsteiger-Meier, E. (2019) ‘Food regulations and enforcement in Switzerland’, Reference module in food science [Preprint]. Available at:
E. Kirchsteiger-Meier, “Food regulations and enforcement in Switzerland,” Reference module in food science, Nov. 2019, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.22623-1.
KIRCHSTEIGER-MEIER, Evelyn, 2019. Food regulations and enforcement in Switzerland. Reference module in food science. 20 November 2019. DOI 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.22623-1
Kirchsteiger-Meier, Evelyn. 2019. “Food Regulations and Enforcement in Switzerland.” Reference Module in Food Science, November.
Kirchsteiger-Meier, Evelyn. “Food Regulations and Enforcement in Switzerland.” Reference Module in Food Science, Nov. 2019,

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