trustbox & COVID-19
The corona crisis means that certain ingredients and packaging materials are missing in the food industry and have to be replaced. For this reason, the information on the packaging of certain foods no longer matches the content. In order to ensure the availability of these products and to prevent food waste, the Federal Council passed an amendment to the Food and Consumer Goods Ordinance on April 16, 2020, thereby loosening the declaration rules for foodstuffs tolerated for six months.
However, the condition is that the foodstuffs concerned are provided with a red adhesive that refers to a website. It must be easy to find on this information which information on the food (composition, origin of the ingredients, production method) differs from the facts and why.
Only by using a standardized system and a uniform red sticker can the federal government's goals with regard to informing consumers be achieved.
In order to provide you with the best possible support, GS1 Switzerland provides you with various print templates for the mandatory red adhesive that you can affix to the affected products or on the shelves. This enables consumers to quickly and easily find out about different content - be it via the free website or the free app.
With the use of trustbox, every Swiss company in the food industry is able to meet the changed declaration obligation without additional costs and by means of a uniform, nationwide established and easy-to-use system
By using a uniform, neutral system like trustbox, all companies can put the same red sticker on the packaging. This red sticker or the corresponding poster can also be used by grocery stores because it always looks the same.
OFFER FOR NEW CUSTOMERS
The neutral not-for-profit organization GS1 Switzerland supports its members in the fulfillment of this regulation change and for this purpose waives the usage fee for new trustbox customers completely during this period.
This enables every Swiss company in the food industry to meet the changed declaration obligation without additional costs and by means of a uniform, nationwide established and easy-to-use system.
GS1 Switzerland also provides templates of the red adhesive, which can be attached to the affected products. This increases recognition among consumers. The same adhesive is on all affected products and it is possible to find out about all desired products with just one free app or on a free website.
We recommend that you use our template and publish all of your food in trustbox. This ensures that you can react quickly to changes in your products and that consumers can find out about all products.
Change from April 16, 2020
The Swiss Federal Council decrees:
The Food and Consumer Goods Ordinance of December 16, 20161 is amended as follows:
Art. 12 para. 1 bis and 1 ter
1 bis In deviation from paragraph 1, information on foods may differ from the facts if:
a. the information deviating from the facts can be proven to be due to supply bottlenecks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
b. the deviating information is not relevant for the protection of the health of the consumers, in particular with regard to ingredients that can trigger allergies or other undesirable reactions; and
c. the food is provided with a red, round sticker that is easily recognizable for the consumer, on which the note reads "Correct declaration under: ...", followed by an Internet address which provides information on which information on the food is easy to find Facts differs and why.
1 ter foods deviating from the facts data on which does not stick an adhesive, for technical reasons, must be offered so that the correct information and the reason for deviating from the facts information on a poster on the store shelf are clearly visible.
Art. 95a Transitional provision to the amendment of ...
Food labeled in accordance with Article 12 Paragraphs 1bis and 1ter may, after these provisions have expired, be sold to consumers until stocks are exhausted.
1 This Ordinance comes into force on April 17, 2020.
2 Article 12 paragraphs 1bis and 1ter apply for a period of six months from the date of entry into force; thereafter these changes are no longer valid.
April 16, 2020
On behalf of the Swiss Federal Council
The Federal President: Simonetta Sommaruga
The Federal Chancellor: Walter Thurnherr