Swiss carnivores are eating less meat: report

Swiss consumption of meat dropped on a per capita basis by 3.4 percent in 2012 from the previous year, the first decline in three years.

Swiss carnivores are eating less meat: report
Photo: Proviande

The average resident consumed 51.72 kilograms of meat last year, which amounts to 141 grams per day, according to figures issued on Tuesday  by Proviande, the Swiss cooperative.

Consumption remains 3.4 percent above the average for the previous 10 years and is continuing to grow in Swiss households, the cooperative said in a news release.

The overall drop in meat being eaten is due to lower levels being consumed outside the home for “economic reasons”, according to the release.

But Proviande maintains that confidence in Swiss meat and meat products remains strong.

Domestic products accounted for 81.3 percent of all meat eaten in the country in 2012, up 1.2 percent from 2011.


Proviande acknowledged that its methods of calculation may underestimation of the amount of meat purchased by Swiss residents from neighbouring countries such as Germany and France.

This increased between 2011 and 2012 as the value of the Swiss franc rose against the euro, boosting the impetus for cross-border shopping.

However, a survey conducted for Proviande by Dichter Research last year found that 64 percent of Swiss believed that meat products from Switzerland were better than those from other countries.

Pork is the most popular meat in Switzerland, accounting for 23.54 kilograms per person last year, followed by poultry (11.31 kilograms) and beef (11.06 kilograms).


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German authorities impose second local coronavirus lockdown

Germany on Tuesday placed a second district under lockdown over a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse, just hours after similar restrictions were imposed for a neighbouring area.

German authorities impose second local coronavirus lockdown
A man wearing a protective suit in the district of Gütersloh after a coronavirus outbreak at a meat plant. Now neighbouring district Warendorf is going into lockdown. Photo: DPA

“In order to protect the population, we are now launching a further safety and security package to effectively combat the spread of the virus,” North Rhine-Westphalia health minister Karl-Josef Laumann said Tuesday, ordering a lockdown for the district of Warendorf.

Authorities had earlier announced similar measures in the neighbouring district of Gütersloh after more than 1,500 workers tested positive for Covid-19 at the slaughterhouse.

Almost 280,000 people live in Warendorf. Businesses and cultural facilities will close, while all schools and daycare centres (Kitas) will also shut their doors.

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In Gütersloh the new lockdown affected 360,000 people living there and will be in place until at least June 30th.

It came after more than 1,500 workers out of a total of nearly 7,000 have tested positive for Covid-19 at the slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrück run by Tönnies.

All workers are currently in quarantine. However, authorities are now turning to tougher rules to try and control the spread of coronavirus.

The new lockdown in Gütersloh means a return to measures first introduced in March, with cinemas, museums, concert halls, bars, gyms, swimming pools and saunas shut down.

However, restaurants can remain open with rules in place.

Schools and Kitas were already closed last week in a bid to control the virus.