Swiss worry about their Wurst
The Swiss Federal Parliament yesterday discussed a
subject that deeply touches Swiss hearts -stocks of an element of Swiss culinary
heritage are depleting - that of the Cervelaatworst (Cervelat sausage).
An essential part - the outside of the skin - which holds the sausage
together, is no longer in stock shortly.
The Minister for Finance, Doris Leuthard, announced in a statement that he
hopes that the shortage is transitory and that a Plan B needs to be
He called on producers to look for alternatives to ensure the survival of the
product. Producers source the skin from Brazil, which originates from pig and
cattle intestines. However, cases of BSE since 2006, have slowed down the export
of Brazilian meat products.
Parliamentarian, Rolf BÃ¼ttiker, stated that
the current supply will only last until the end of the year. The scenario that
the Swiss most fear is that supply dries up during the European Football
Championships to be held in the country in June.
BÃ¼ttiker believes that
the problem has been underestimated by the government.
committee of vets, sausage makers and officials has been set-up to analyse the
situation and take the necessary action.
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