Country of origin requirements (COOL)  (Switzerland)

For pre-packaged foodstuffs, the country of production must be stated, with a few exceptions. An exception is, for example, if the country of production is clearly derived from the product name (e.g. "Swiss cheese") or if the manu-facturer's address is indicated (Producer: Alois Müller, Berne, Switzerland). The country of production is the country in which the food was produced in its entirety or in which significant processing steps took place. For foods that consist of several ingredients, additional information on the origin of the ingredients may be required in certain cases in addition to the indication of the country of production (country of production of the initial product of an ingredient, e.g. the tomatoes in a tomato concentrate). In principle, the origin of an ingredient must always be stated if: - an ingredient is important in terms of quantity; and - the presentation of the product suggests that this ingredient has an origin that is not true. Please note, that the COOL regulation in Switzerland differs from the EU COOL regulation.

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 30 May 2024. We recommend you contact a specialised food lawyer for legal advice for your particular circumstances to support commercial decisions which could impact your product or business.

Karola Krell