Stornoway Black Pudding protection gets backing

The Scottish government has backed a bid to get European protection for Stornoway Black Pudding.

The Stornoway Black Pudding Association hopes to gain the product protected geographical indication (PGI) status, under the EU’s protected food name (PFN) scheme in a similar way that France has with champagne and Melton Mowbray is attempting to do with pork pie. It believes such a classification would protect the consumer from buying inferior produce.

Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s rural affairs secretary, said: “Scotland is home to some of the most popular protected foods in Europe – including Scotch Beef and Scottish Farmed Salmon. It is excellent news that the Stornoway Black Pudding Association has grasped the opportunity to pursue protecting their premier product and I would encourage more of our Scottish companies to do the same.

“The development of this application shows excellent collaborative working. The four butchers, in many respects direct competitors, have come together for a common purpose.”

Iain Macleod, a partner at Charles Macleod, on behalf of the Stornoway Black Pudding Producers Association added: “The launch of the UK consultation period for the Stornoway Black Pudding PGI application is a very important milestone for the producers. Attaining European PGI status is a priority for our iconic product as it protects the consumer from being misled about the provenance and quality of Stornoway Black Pudding, while safeguarding our regional food heritage.”

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