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Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate

Published: 07 Sep 2012 11:08 GMT+02:00

Because of the importance of the US market, chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland are submitting to Uncle Sam’s intrusion in their factories but they are not happy about it.

“The fact that a foreign authority is involved in our Swiss businesses is unseemly,” Daniel Bloch, of Chocolats Camille Bloch, told Handelszeitung, the German-language business journal.

The newspaper has discovered that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to inspect 21 chocolate factories and 18 dairies in Switzerland.

The move is part of the implementation of America’s Food Safety Modernization Act, new legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama last year that aims, among other things, to combat bioterrorism.

The FDA contends that imported food could be contaminated chemically or even in a radioactive way.

Handelszeitung said Swiss chocolate makers are astonished to be subjected to such screening from a foreign country.

“The companies will let the inspections go through because they want to continue to sell to the US,” Franz Schmid, director of the industry association Chocosuisse told the newspaper.
   
But the planned inspections appear to go well beyond health issues to include such details as sales, ownership, employees and the size of company buildings.

“We ask ourselves, what is the real reason for the FDA inspections,” Jacques Gygax, director of the Swiss dairy association Fromarte, told Handelszeitung.

Gygax fears the Americans may be looking for technical barriers to trade and imports.    

Malcolm Curtis (news@thelocal.ch)

Your comments about this article

2012-09-07 17:17:08 by tadchem
The Swiss are justified in suspecting the American authorites of hidden motives. In recent years US agencies have been flexing their enforcement powers frequently, sometimes beyond the range of their legal authorization. The US Food and Drug agency has no right or power to inspect overseas sites. They can only prohibit imports, and then only whan a real threat has been demonstrated. These enforcement actions are often reminiscent of those taken by authoritarian governments of the early 20th century in their disregard of law and of the rights of people.
2012-09-10 12:18:28 by HoppSuisse
If you would like to be informed about what is happening see this video about Monsanto Corporation and GMO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhHbm_Z_pW8

In brief the GMO plants are cross pollinating with local plants so that the new plants are dependent upon Monsantos fertilizer and herbicide/insecticide.
Some South American countries are already 70% locked into Monsantos control of agriculture with no way back.

We gave up our sovereign rights when we allowed the politicians to approve UBS giving private data to the US. And in the last election we voted to give up our vote on foreign treaties.

Now we only have one wild card left to play. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) is located in Basel. This is the bank that the Worlds Central Banks use. The BIS is a country like the Vatican with its own army and Swiss law does not apply to it.

HoppSuisse
2012-09-11 02:27:16 by stablemate77
swiss and belguim have best chocolate
2012-09-13 07:35:18 by Meppin
The US has declared economic war on Switzerland. The US is VERY vulnerable given its debt load and the role of the US Dollar. If the US persists in this war on Switzerland, the Swiss Government should announce that all Swiss financial institutions will be prohibited from purchasing ANY US dollar denominated securities, and current portfolios will be "liquidation only" for US dollar assets. Also the SNB will no longer hold any US dollar holdings and be selling it all. This will mark the end of the US Dollar as the global reserve currency and the end of this constant bullying by the most hypocritical regime in the modern era.
2012-09-19 19:22:25 by beeker
The FDA can't keep the domestic u.s. produced food supply safe, so now they are trolling for bad guys in overseas factories? They need to get real. Check out some of the U.S. slaughter houses that produce tainted hamburger and hotdogs then take a junket to switzerland to taste chocolate.
2012-09-26 05:04:35 by NYAnalyst
"The US is VERY vulnerable given its debt load and the role of the US Dollar. If the US persists in this war on Switzerland, the Swiss Government should announce that all Swiss financial institutions will be prohibited from purchasing ANY US dollar denominated securities, and current portfolios will be "liquidation only" for US dollar assets. Also the SNB will no longer hold any US dollar holdings and be selling it all. This will mark the end of the US Dollar as the global reserve currency and the end of this constant bullying by the most hypocritical regime in the modern era." In your dreams.
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