MEPs vote to protect black pudding

Stornoway black pudding.

Stornoway black pudding.

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Stornoway Black Pudding could soon be joined by other Scottish products such as tartan and Harris Tweed in having specific European protection.

MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of extending geographical protection to non-agricultural products on Tuesday. They now hope legislative proposals will be brought forward by the Commission in order for the extension to become a reality.

Geographical Indicator (GI) status ensures consumers know they are buying the real deal due to legal protection against imitation within the EU.

Catherine Stihler MEP, Labour’s consumer rights’ spokesperson in Europe, said: “GI status for food and drink products have provided a huge boost for Scottish goods such as Stornoway Black Pudding thanks to it opening the door to export markets, creating awareness of the history of products and ensuring consumers know they are buying authentic products.

“Geographical protection offers added value for local communities in both an economic and cultural sense so I hope to see this extension to GI approved during this Parliament. Scotland has so many fabulous products which could benefit.”

Products already benefitting from European protection include Orkney beef and lamb, Shetland lamb, Arbroath Smokies, Orkney Scottish Island Cheddar, Scottish Farmed Salmon as well as Wild Salmon, Native Shetland Wool, Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop Cheese and Scotch Whisky.

There are around a dozen applications still being processed including the Forfar Bridie and Scottish Butter Shortbread.