Project Period

April 2022 - January 2024


  • Communication with external stakeholders
  • Data collection (interviews)
  • Planning and implementation of virtual workshops
  • Preparation of complex content in the form of an environment analysis
  • Project leadership and management

X-ray with the Bio Bud

Decision-making on the use of X-ray detection in the Bio-Bud label.

Environment analysis prepared and supplemented with missing data

Successful collaboration with internal (management, committees, working groups) and around 40 external Bio Suisse stakeholders

Decision to use technology is widely supported


Clarification required: may X-ray technology be used to detect foreign bodies?

X-ray detection is increasingly being used as an inspection technology in food processing. For example, it is used to check whether there are still stones in the jam or whether the fill level of all jars is correct. Due to increasing demands on food safety, more and more companies are applying for exemptions – because the Bud label prohibits the use of this technology. As the guidelines on this technology had not been reviewed for several years, Bio Suisse took this development as an opportunity to review the ban.


Environment analysis, stakeholder process, decision

The project was designed as a process and implemented by a working group consisting of 2 MKV representatives, 2 representatives of the head office and the external project manager (Foodways). The aim of the working group was to develop an environment analysis in order to be able to make a well-founded and broadly supported decision on how to deal with X-ray detection in Bud products.


A well-managed stakeholder process leads to a widely accepted decision

Prior to the project, a wide variety of attitudes to the issue emerged. The environment analysis and the involvement of all relevant internal and external stakeholders contributed in particular to the following results:

  • Shared professional understanding of the technology and its possible applications among all stakeholders
  • Understanding of business aspects of the use of technology
  • Constructive dialog between stakeholders and a broad-based decision based on this dialog