Black Pudding Campaign Grows

04 October 2009

Rhoda Grant, Highlands and Islands regional MSP, is thanking the Scottish government for backing her campaign to achieve geographical status and protection for the Stornoway Black Pudding.

The North MSP has been working along side butchers, locals, councillors, MSPs and MEPs during the last year, which has resulted in the case for protection being presented to the European Commission.

Mrs Grant said: "Back in January, along with Catherine Stihler MEP and Iain Macleod of Charles Macleod butchers, I met with European Commission officials in Brussels.

"The success of Stornoway Black Pudding had resulted in ‘copy-cat’ products.

"The commission was left to consider the level and type of protection, to agree the area covered by ‘Stornoway’ and to establish a clear contact point for the producers.

"The application process to secure geographical protection for a product or foodstuffs normally takes about two years and this process is now underway."

Mrs Grant added: "The campaign has attracted over 1,500 signatures on petitions, and the issue is to be the subject of two BBC documentaries in the near future.

"Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland and the Scottish government are also on boards, only last week adding it to the Europe-wide list of Protected Food Names.

"I have also written to Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar seeking support.

"It is only the start of the process, but with the backing we have secured we will be able to make our voices heard in Europe."

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