Scots MEP Campaigns for EU Recognition of Stornoway Black Pudding

23 October 2008
Alyn Smith SNP MEP for Scotland has put his weight behind the campaign to win European protected status for Stornoway Black Pudding.

A consortium of local Stornoway Butchers met with officials from the Western Isles Council and Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) this week to begin the campaign to seek special European Protected Status. Smith has already advised a number of Scots producers on how to achieve EU status and has pledged his support for the campaign. He has produced a "how to" guide and urges other quality producers to think about taking the same route.

Smith has written to the European Commissioner for Agriculture Mariann Fischer Boel seeking her support for the move. If successful this would see Stornoway Black Pudding join the likes of Arbroath Smokies, Champagne and Parma Ham as a protected quality EU product.

Smith said:

"I'm delighted to see the butchers of Stornoway organising themselves, and I fully support their efforts to achieve EU status. I have been in touch with Charles McLeod Butchers of Stornoway who were only too happy to receive my support and I look forward to working with them.

"Stornoway Black Pudding is a distinct and unique product which graces the menus of some of Europe's most sought after restaurants. It makes perfect sense that such a unique product be given protected status from Europe in order to protect its growing reputation.

"This will not be an easy process and may take some time, but I am happy to be of any assistance I can be to the local butchers of Stornoway to ensure that their Stornoway Black Pudding gets the recognition it deserves and remains firmly on the menu."