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Hens in battery cages in Bastos, São Paulo, Brazil (image, Sec. of Agriculture Office, Brazil)

Former Bosnian commander arrested at Geneva border GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Former Bosnian commander Naser Oric was arrested at the Thonex-Ballard border post in Geneva Wednesday afternoon by border guards and turned over to Geneva police. An international arrest warrant was issued for him in 2014, by Serbian authorities. He is wanted on charges of suspected […]

Swiss wine consumption down – again

Swiss wines grapes, by colour and type, 2014 (source: OFAG)

Swiss reds suffer surprising fall (Also published on Ellen’s Wine World) BERN, SWITZERLAND – Wine consumption in Switzerland dropped again in 2014, by 2.2 percent, confirming a 10-year trend despite a slight rise, 2 percent in 2013. The amount of Swiss wine consumed fell by 8.1 percent, a worrisome sign for the country’s wineries. Pressure […]

S Italian bees threaten Swiss ones

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss honey bees are under threat from a small beehive beetle that feeds on their larvae and honey, which is making its way north. The Swiss government Wednesday declared battle with the beetle, issuing a series of guidelines that make it illegal to import used material, hives or honey for hives from […]

EPFL researchers caution over antiobiotics

More study into impact on cell mitochondria (“powerhouses”) called for LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Researchers at Swiss and Dutch universities are calling on fellow scientists to look more deeply into the impact of a group of antibiotics on our cell mitochondria – cells’ “powerhouses”. Tetracyclines, widespread, should be used with greater caution, according to a report […]

Dipping chocolate: 2015 profits likely to fall

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Swiss chocolate sales rose in 2014, but Swiss consumption down, imports up ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – This year will be a difficult one for Swiss chocolate-makers, with a high franc and rising prices for raw materials, notably cocoa. In addition, per capita consumption at home fell from 12 kg to 11.7 kg – and imported chocolate […]

Food safety alert: polenta

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss health authorities are alerting consumers to high levels of tropane alkaloids measured in Rapunzel brand corn polenta. Do not eat the product and return it to the store for a refund, suggests Bern. Tropane alkaloids are secondary metabolites than can cause food poisoning. They sometimes occur in foods, often grains, when […]

Good morning winter! Reconsider breakfast

Porridge and blueberries with milk, snow outside for the skiers

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ski season is upon us, and a day on the slopes requires more energy than your day at home, in the office or at school. SwissMilk, the marketing arm of Swiss milk producers, has put together a helpful guide to a good breakfast: what makes sense and what doesn’t, for an energy-packed […]

Migros recalls possible salmonella item

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Migros is recalling mousse de sésame Tahin Alnatura/Rapunzel, as is the producer, after extensive tests by the company were not able to exclude salmonella contamination. Anyone with the product is asked to return it to the store.

Swiss franc: Migros lowers euro veg, fruit prices

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Largest supermarket calls on suppliers to cut prices GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Migros, the country’s largest supermarket chain, said Friday 23 January that it is lowering prices for fruits and vegetables that come from the euro zone, by 10 to 30 percent. It called on its suppliers to immediately adapt their prices to reflect the weaker […]

Lausanne schools to skip meat, fish

One day a week off, for school cafeterias LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Daycare centre and school cafeterias in Lausanne will have one meat- and fish-free day at week, following a vote by the city council. The motion to have a vegetarian day was presented by the Green Party and other politically Left parties, who also proposed […]