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Butcher sold imported meat as “Suisse Guarantee”

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Fraudulent labeling in Thurgau

Butcher sold imported meat as “Suisse Guarantee”

A Thurgau butcher sold imported meat between 2018 and 2019 and declared it as Swiss goods. Now those responsible have been convicted.

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A Thurgau butcher shop did not want to forego sales between 2018 and 2019 when Swiss veal and beef were scarce. (icon picture)

Because beef and veal were scarce in 2018 and 2019, a Thurgau butcher (58) and his son (30) imported 116 tons of meat from Austria, France, Uruguay and the Netherlands. Not reprehensible in itself. Only: They declared the meat as a “Suisse guarantee”.

This label ensures that it is only Swiss meat, which was not the case here. For this they had to answer to the Weinfelden district court in December, as the “Thurgauer Zeitung” reports. In court, the father showed no understanding: he didn’t quite understand the problem, his customers didn’t care where the meat came from. He emphasizes that although the meat came from abroad, it was still of high quality and ended up costing more because it was imported. With the imported meat, the butcher’s made a gross profit of around 246,000 francs, which would otherwise not have been possible.

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