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Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

I don't know if it's a proper section to post this thread. And sorry if the subject has been already mentioned but I double and triple checked and I haven't seen similar.

So the matter concerns chicken or generally meat offered in Swiss shops. This one packed and raised in Switzerland is considerably more expensive than let's say German, Slovenian or Austrian one. The question is: is it really so much better, healthier, free from growth hormone etc.?
I have learned that the Swiss always will go for Swiss products, support local market, producers and so on. But do they also care what imported meat contains, do they inspect it?
As far as I know the EU also has (strict?) rules regarding feeding birds/animals and what their meat contains.
I am trying to be an aware consumer and buy/cook healthy so I know that ideally I should buy bio meat, unfortunately, cannot afford.

Do you buy only Swiss meat and do you think is better than EU meat?
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

Swiss chicken is awesome.
Aargauer poulet is even better. It is the Angus Steak equivalent of chicken
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

I prefer Swiss chicken, goat, rabbit and (fresh) pork, but Italian beef and veal.

For cured pork, both Swiss and Italian are great.

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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

The only problem with mountain-raised chickens is that one drumstick is always longer than the other.
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

Swiss chicken is on the whole a lot tastier - though to be fair we have found chicken from Lidl in France & Edeka in Germany to be pretty good too. One of the reasons for the price differences is the animal welfare laws are tougher here....

We have seen that even Migros/COOP will import chicken from Eastern Europe etc - there was something in the consumer magazines about it recently and the confusion of labelling laws etc so double check the packaging if you want Swiss chicken....
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Swiss chicken is awesome.
Aargauer poulet is even better. It is the Kobe beef equivalent of chicken
Fixed that for you. Only the Ayam Cemani chicken is more expensive.
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

We always buy our chicken in France. Swiss chickens, when we've tried them in the past, are relatively bland and tasteless, even if you can find free-range ones, which seems not to be easy. They're also a very strange shape, almost square, although that may just be the way they've been packed.

And yes, stupidly expensive. In France expensive chickens do exist, but it's easy enough to find this quality, Label Rouge certified, free range chickens at under 5eu per kilo in Aldi, Lidl and often the more mainstream supermarkets trying to compete with them.

We eat a lot of chicken so this is quite an important issue for us.
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

I'm sure I read on here once that intensive animal farming wasn't allowed in Switzerland. I certainly made an effort to buy Swiss meat where I could, however it would appear I was mistaken and farming methods here are just as cruel as elsewhere.
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

Chicken is my favorite meat, and I find if you buy it from a good source,(such as a farm or at Manor) it tastes better than any other chicken I've ever had. It is expensive, but that is due to how well the animals are raised & I support this.

In Germany, the meat is cheap and raised cheaply. You will find that as you cook it in the pan, much more water will be released from the meat. I cannot recommend it.

In France, especially the organic chicken, is exceptional too.
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

Just be very careful to wash everything thoroughly after cutting the meat - some antibiotic-resistant bugs are very often found in the poultry meat retailed here, both Swiss and foreign one:

https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/panoram...story/28892241

I stick to the Coop organic "bio" label chickens. No idea if they taste better, but I don't want to give my kids chicken meat which price per kg is similar to that of bread.
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Just be very careful to wash everything thoroughly after cutting the meat - some antibiotic-resistant bugs are very often found in the poultry meat retailed here, both Swiss and foreign one:

https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/panoram...story/28892241
It doesn't appear to matter how much you spend on your chicken as, according to the article chicken from branches of Migros, Coop, Lidl, Aldi, Manor and Globus had E. coli, staphylococcus and campylobacter.
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It doesn't appear to matter how much you spend on your chicken as, according to the article chicken from branches of Migros, Coop, Lidl, Aldi, Manor and Globus had E. coli, staphylococcus and campylobacter.
Hopefully the organic food fed chicken has less residues of fertilizers, pesticides, and what's not, and, as grown in smaller populations, less preventive antibiotics.
Germs should be killed while cooking, but the other stuff will stay and poison ones body. I know, I know, supposedly pesticides make no difference. Too bad, I prefer no chicken to a chf7/kg chicken.
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

Is it me or are whole chickens here in the supermarket often a lot smaller than what I was used to back in the UK?
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Re: Swiss chicken vs. foreign chicken

Swiss chicken is the best from whatever else you can find here. Expensive, but I prefer to buy and to actually eat what I bought. For me - less is more, a plate should contain not more than a third in meat anyway.
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Is it me or are whole chickens here in the supermarket often a lot smaller than what I was used to back in the UK?
They're much smaller here - definitely a more natural size.
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They're much smaller here - definitely a more natural size.
That's one of the adjustments I go through whenever I go back to Canada. The chickens there look like turkeys to me, at least for the first couple of weeks.
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That's one of the adjustments I go through whenever I go back to Canada. The chickens there look like turkeys to me, at least for the first couple of weeks.
It's like that in the U.K.

The size adjustment of the people takes some getting used too.

I have to tell my visibly-shocked children not to stare.
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It's like that in the U.K.

The size adjustment of the people takes some getting used too.

I have to tell my visibly-shocked children not to stare.
I have to tell myself not to stare sometimes as well as it is can be quite shocking.

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It doesn't appear to matter how much you spend on your chicken as, according to the article chicken from branches of Migros, Coop, Lidl, Aldi, Manor and Globus had E. coli, staphylococcus and campylobacter.
Check the details linked to at the end of the article.
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They're much smaller here - definitely a more natural size.
The size depends on the breed and the production methods. I find Swiss poultry a bit bland, its OK if you marinade it, I have two whole Terra Suisse birds jerked in the Freezer, Migros sometimes do a two for one on whole chickens. They sell whole French Bresse poulet in COOP, its double the price of a Swiss chicken and you wouldnt want to marinade it, as its quite tasty.

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