Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Switzerland: A round-up of the latest news on Thursday
The origin of baked goods must be declared, MPs said. Photo by JUSTIN HAMEL / AFP
Find out what's going on in Switzerland today with The Local's short round-up of the news.

Three referendums approved for June 13th

The issues to be voted on are the anti-Covid legislation, the law on reduction of greenhouse emissions, and the new anti-terrorism measures.

These three topics are in addition to two that were approved previously: the initiative for clean drinking water and healthy food, as well as initiative against pesticides.

This will be the second round of referendums in 2021, after the vote on March 6th.

The Local will publish an article today detailing the issues at stake on June 13th

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: What is at stake in Switzerland’s March 7th referendums? 

Orange dust from Sahara found to be ‘very weakly” radioactive

Samples of the dust that coated parts of Switzerland in early February were taken at the border between Switzerland and France and examined in a laboratory.

Investigators discovered that the dust was a residue of the nuclear tests carried out by France in the Sahara desert in the 1960s. They also found that it is radioactive, but at a very low level which is not believed to be harmful to human health

Parliament introduces obligation to declare origin of baked goods

Where does our daily bread come from? Deputies want this question answered and made the declaration of origin compulsory for bread and other baked goods sold in Switzerland.

The traceability must be guaranteed in view of the growing competition from foreign markets, MPs said. The indication of origin will let consumers know where the baked goods were manufactured, so they can be fully aware of what they are buying.

Pizza dough and breadcrumbs will be exempted from the requirement, but rolls and sandwiches will be included.

Swiss universities are in top 10 in global rankings

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETZ) in Zurich is in the fourth place in the 2021 ranking of world’s best universities conducted by a global education network, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

The ETH is in the Engineering and Technology category, but it is not the only university in Switzerland that scored high.

Seven hospitality management institutions also took 10 top spots in the ranking: EHL- Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne is in the first place, followed by Glion Institute of Higher Education (3), SHMS Swiss Hotel Management School (4), Hotel Institute Montreux (6), César Ritz Colleges (7), Culinary Arts academy (8), and IHTTI School of Hotel Management (10).

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