Last update Mar 09, 2022
1. Meat Products
a. Fresh/frozen beef is eligible for export to Switzerland.
b. Meat derived from cattle treated with growth promoting hormones is eligible for export to Switzerland. Switzerland conducts imported product residue testing. Detection of residues of growth promoting hormones at any level will be considered a violation by Switzerland.
2. Fresh/frozen poultry and poultry products.
3. Ostrich meat.
4. Wild boar meat.
5. Pork and pork products
Meat and poultry slaughter and processing plants and cold storages exporting to Switzerland must meet the same facility, slaughter and processing requirements as are required for export to the European Union. Exporters should consult the Facility, Slaughter, and Processing sections of the European Union Export Requirements for further information.
A. All chilled and frozen meat products packaged and ready for delivery to the final consumer must have the packing date shown on each package.
B. Expected shelf life (end-of-use date) must be indicated only on chilled (unfrozen) consumer-size packages having a net weight of 4.4 lbs. (2 kg.) or less.
C. Tamper evident labels
1. Special tamper evident labels must be used on boxes or packaging of beef not produced according to the EU Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) program and shall consist of the following:
a. Pressure sensitive labels that bear the official USDA inspection legend of the establishment must be used to seal boxed or packaged product for export to Switzerland. The legend must follow 9 CFR 312.2. These special labels must be serially numbered, e.g., 10,000 labels printed, numbered 1 through 10,000. Establishments may develop their serial numbering systems independently.
b. These labels must be applied to packaging in such a manner that the official inspection legend on the labeling is destroyed when the package is opened.
2. Beef produced according to the EU Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC) program must be sealed with the EU health mark label as described in the European Export Requirements.
NOTE: All required certificates and supplementary statements must be dated and signed by the same FSIS veterinarian (name, degree [DVM or equivalent] must be typed after the signature). The signature of the veterinarian must be in an ink color other than black.
NOTE: All required certificates and supplementary statements must be stamped with the FSIS rubber export stamp indicating the certificate number or replacement certificate number if a replacement certificate is issued. The ink color must be in a color other than black.
NOTE: Many of the Model Health Certificates below contain material that is pre-marked through. While that material must remain marked through, there may be additional statements, words, species, etc. that must be marked through prior to certification. Applicable statements shall be kept as appropriate and statements which are not relevant, should be marked through (single line through non-applicable text), initialed, dated, and stamped with the Export mark of inspection by the certifying FSIS veterinarian. Only the additional marked through material should be initialed, dated, and stamped by the FSIS veterinarian.
A. Fresh meat of domestic bovines
- Bovine (Beef and Veal) from non-hormone-free production (not produced under the NHTC program
- FSIS Form 9060-5 Export Certificate of Wholesomeness
- FSIS letterhead certificate, Veterinary Certificate for Fresh Meat of Domestic Bovines, Consigned to Switzerland.
NOTE: Meat from non-hormone-free production may only be imported directly through the Zurich and Geneva airports, and only if it is meat with the customs tariff numbers 0201.2091, 0201.3091, 0202.2091, or 0202.3091.
- Bovine (Beef and Veal) produced under the NHTC program and Bison
FSIS Form 9060-5 Export Certificate of Wholesomeness
The following certificate is available:
FSIS letterhead certificate, ANIMAL HEALTH/OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE FOR THE ENTRY INTO THE UNION OF FRESH MEAT INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, EXCLUDING MECHANICALLY SEPARATED MEAT, OF DOMESTIC BOVINE ANIMALS (BOV), is available in English.
Note: The United States current BSE status is designated as "negligible risk".
See Guidelines to complete.
Starting July 14, 2014, the FSIS Letterhead Certificate for High Quality Beef may be issued for beef if the product is shipped under the high quality beef quota.
For cattle not produced under the NHTC program that is graded USDA Choice or Prime meets the requirement of Section 2 of the High Quality Beef definition of the Swiss certificate.
For cattle not produced under the NHTC program that meet the requirement of Section 1 of the High Quality Beef definition of the Swiss Certificate, companies must implement an in-plant carcass specification program that is approved by AMS Meat Grading and Certification. For information about the approval process please contact the local Meat Grading Supervisor in your area.
For cattle produced under the NHTC program please contact AMS Quality Assessment Division at QAD.AuditService@usda.gov. Only cattle that have been verified under the NHTC Program to meet the requirements for High Quality Beef may be shipped using this option. The applicant must provide a completed and signed AMS Statement of Verification (SOV) for High Quality Beef and have documentation that associates the SOV with the specified product.
Starting July 14, 2014, the FSIS Letterhead Certificate for High Quality Beef may be issued for bison upon request of the applicant when producer affidavits are provided to FSIS personnel as part of the export certificate application. The affidavits must attest to the origin of the animals (U.S. or Canada) and that the animals meet the age and feeding requirements stated on the certificate.
FSIS Form 9060-5, Export Certificate of Wholesomeness
FSIS letterhead certificate, ANIMAL HEALTH/OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE FOR THE ENTRY INTO THE UNION OF FRESH MEAT INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, EXCLUDING MECHANICALLY SEPARATED MEAT, OF DOMESTIC PORCINE ANIMALS (POR), is available in English.
See Guidelines to complete.
FSIS Form 9060-5 Export certificate of Wholesomeness.
FSIS letterhead certificate, ANIMAL HEALTH/OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE FOR THE ENTRY INTO THE UNION OF FRESH MEAT INTENDED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION, EXCLUDING OFFAL, MINCED MEAT AND MECHANICALLY SEPARATED MEAT, OF ANIMALS KEPT AS FARMED GAME OF WILD BREEDS OF PORCINE ANIMALS AND ANIMALS OF THE FAMILY TAYASSUIDAE (SUF), is available in English.
See Guidelines to complete.
Mechanically Separated Pork
Mechanically Separated Bovine
For meat preparations and meat product exports, the appropriate European Union certificates should be used.
A. There are no exceptions for products intended for personal consumption. They must comply with the same requirements as commercial shipments.
A. Plant Approval
1. Fresh/frozen meat and meat products must be slaughtered, processed, and stored in establishments that meet the EU facility, slaughter, and processing requirements, and must appear on the EU list of approved establishments. See the EU Export Requirements for information about obtaining EU approval.
2. Fresh/frozen poultry and poultry products must be slaughtered, processed, and stored in establishments that meet the EU facility, slaughter, and processing requirements, and must appear on the EU list of approved establishments. See the EU Export Requirements for information about obtaining EU approval.
3. Meat and poultry and meat and poultry products supplied to airline catering services must comply with the same requirements as shipments imported into Switzerland.
B. List of Eligible Plants
The List of Approved Meat Plants for Export to the European Union is updated periodically and is available through the Export Requirements Library. *
Plants not approved according to the requirements in the Plants Eligible to Export section above