Meat-based animal feed to be banned from January

Meat-based animal feed must be incinerated from January 1 Keystone

The government is to bring forward a ban on meat-based animal feed to January 1, in a bid to rid the country of mad cow disease, or BSE.

This content was published on December 20, 2000 - 22:06

Announcing the move on Wednesday, the government said it would implement the ban three months earlier than planned. It said strict new measures would also be put in place to ensure compliance.

The ban prohibits the feeding of meat-based animal feed to livestock, and stipulates that all meat and bone meal and animal fats must be incinerated. Producers are also forbidden to export or import such feed.

The ban extends to the feeding of fish meal to ruminants.

One exception is the feeding of meat and bone meal in liquid form to pigs.

A spokesman for the federal veterinary office, Hans Wyss, said it was not yet clear how much it would cost to incinerate the feed, but that three-quarters of the cost would be borne by the government.

He added that the veterinary office would "implementing a monitoring procedure with the cantons over the coming months".

The ban follows a similar decision by the European Union in an effort to restore public confidence in beef.

swissinfo with agencies

This article was automatically imported from our old content management system. If you see any display errors, please let us know:

In compliance with the JTI standards

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

Contributions under this article have been turned off. You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here. Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

Share this story

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?