Swiss lift ban on French and Irish meat

Irish police efforts to prevent foot-and-mouth disease from entering the country are paying off Keystone

The Swiss authorities have decided to ease a ban on meat imports from France and the Irish Republic. Imports of beef and lamb from both countries are permitted with immediate effect.

This content was published on April 23, 2001

The Federal Veterinary Office said on Monday that the decision was taken because no new cases of foot-and-mouth disease had been reported in France and the Irish Republic in the past month.

However, certain restrictions remain in place for meat imports from areas that were directly affected by the disease.

The Veterinary Office added that a ban on importing live hoofed animals from the entire European Union would remain in place.

Switzerland banned meat imports from Britain, the Irish Republic, France and the Netherlands a month ago. It also barred tourists from Britain bringing meat or meat products into the country.

swissinfo with agencies

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

Change your password

Do you really want to delete your profile?

Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Almost finished... We need to confirm your email address. To complete the subscription process, please click the link in the email we just sent you.

Discover our weekly must-reads for free!

Sign up to get our top stories straight into your mailbox.

The SBC Privacy Policy provides additional information on how your data is processed.