The Scottish government has backed the Stornoway Black Pudding Association’s bid to get European protection for Stornoway Black Pudding.
The association is working on getting the product the status of Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), under the EU’s Protected Food Name (PFN) scheme. It believes such a classification would protect the consumer from buying inferior produce. The Stornoway Black Pudding Producers Association has been formed to assist with the application for “Protected Geographical Indicator” status for the iconic food product.
The idea of protecting the ingenuity of the food product found pace when the producers of the Stornoway Black Pudding won the prestigious Great Taste Gold 2010 award. The award is considered as the “Oscars” of the food world and the “epicurean equivalent” of the Booker Prize.
By getting PGI Status, the association hopes to protect the consumer from being misled about the provenance and quality of Stornoway Black Pudding. The association also hopes that it would encourage growth and investment in the rural economy through promotion to the consumer of the Stornoway Black Pudding as the guaranteed and genuine article, as well as vitally important area marketing of the Hebrides as a destination of choice to visit.
Black pudding in the United Kingdom is generally made from pork blood and a relatively high proportion of oatmeal. The Stornoway black pudding is regarded as one of the top gourmet black puddings in the United Kingdom. It is made with Scottish oatmeal which gives a great unique rough texture.
Protected Food Names Scheme:
The EU Protected Food Name Scheme identifies regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed. Under this system a food or drink registered will be given legal protection against imitation throughout the EU. The regulations of the European Commission that form the basis for the scheme are EC Regulation 509/2006 – for agricultural products and foodstuffs as traditional specialities guaranteed and EC Regulation 510/2006 – on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs.
Commission Regulations laying down the detailed rules of applications are:
- Commission Regulation (EC) No 1898/2006 – laying down detailed rules of implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 510/2006 on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin for agricultural products and foodstuffs.
- Commission Regulation (EC) No 1216/2007 – laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No. 509/2006 on agricultural products and foodstuffs as traditional specialities guaranteed.
Authored by Mr. Sandeep Hegde M.