THE Scottish Government has launched a consultation to protect the integrity of one of our national delicacies – Stornoway Black Pudding.
The Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status, under the EU’s Protected Food Name (PFN) scheme, will afford Stornoway Black Pudding protection from inferior products, giving consumers the utmost guarantee that they are buying the genuine, premium product.
Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead 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.”
He continued: “The development of this application shows excellent collaborative working. The four butchers, in many respects direct competitors, have come together for a common purpose. This is an excellent example of what can be achieved when industry works in partnership.
“Consumer interest in local food has never been greater and Scotland has massive potential to take advantage of the PFN scheme. There is no substitute for our iconic Scottish produce.”
Iain Macleod, Partner in Charles Macleod Ltd, on behalf of the Stornoway Black Pudding Producers Association, said: “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 of 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.
“It will provide customers with the assurance that what they are buying is the genuine article, made in our region of the consistently high levels of quality and using the traditional crofting recipe.”
He added: “The process is a lengthy one but worthwhile, and we believe that it will bring vital economic benefits to the area.
“We also hope that it would encourage growth and investment in the rural economy through promotion to the consumers of the Stornoway Black Pudding as a specialist food item, as well as vitally important area marketing of the Outer Hebrides as a destination of choice to visit.”