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Meat consumption continues to climb

A total of 417,330 tonnes of meat were consumed in Switzerland in 2008, an equivalent of more than 53kg per inhabitant.

The total amount was three per cent higher than in 2007 and increased for the fourth consecutive year, according to Proviande, the Swiss meat association, on Tuesday.

Pork was by far the most popular, with 196,000 tonnes being sold. This was followed by beef (88,000 tonnes) and poultry (85,000 tonnes).

The big winners of 2008 – depending on your point of view – were chickens and cows, consumption of which increased by 7.3 per cent and 5.8 per cent respectively. Demand dropped slightly however for veal, lamb and pork.

The majority of this meat was produced domestically, said Proviande, with 90 per cent of pork, 80 per cent of beef and 50 per cent of poultry coming from Switzerland.

swissinfo with agencies

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