Highlands & Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is delighted that the move to protect the Stornoway Black Pudding name is nearing completion.
The application to register the name ‘Stornoway Black Pudding’ as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) was submitted to the European Commission in May of last year. It cleared the EU in June and is now nearing the end of the six month EU consultation period which closes next month (December). If there are no objections to be considered, PGI status could be approved very soon afterwards – possibly within six weeks thereafter.
Mrs Grant said “The campaign to protect the Stornoway Black Pudding started way back in 2008 when, following a conversation with Brian Wilson, myself and my colleagues discovered that “copy cat” black puddings were being produced and passed off as the real thing under the guise of “Stornoway Style Black Pudding”. Now as anyone who has ever tasted proper Stornoway Black Pudding knows, nothing comes close to the real puddings which are produced in Stornoway to traditional family recipes. My colleagues and I, with the backing of the Stornoway butchers who produce Stornoway Black Pudding, therefore set off down the long road of securing the future of the Stornoway Black Pudding by seeking to have it’s identity protected in law.
“It has been a long process, but it looks like we are now very close to the Stornoway Black Pudding being awarded protected status - hopefully by early in the new year the process will be completed. I am delighted that we are nearing the end of the road with this and have to commend the four Stornoway butchers who have campaigned with us over the years to secure the future of their product and their livelihoods.
Mrs Grant continued “I for one will look forward to savouring the taste of real Stornoway Black Pudding for years to come and if anyone knows of any good Christmas recipes using Stornoway Black Pudding I’d love to hear from them”.