Smith Backs EU Recognition For Stornoway Black Pudding

09 February 2011

Alyn Smith, SNP MEP for Scotland, has today (Wednesday) backed the Stornoway Black Pudding Producers’ Association in the fight to see their product registered as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) under the EU Protected Food Name Scheme.

The SNP Member has submitted a response to the Scottish Government consultation supporting the butchers of Stornoway. Smith has always backed this application and, since 2008, has been involved with the local Stornoway butchers and Highlands and Islands Enterprise providing advice and assistance to help their campaign to seek European protected status for their pudding.

After submitting his consultation response to the Scottish Government, Smith said:

“Stornoway Black Pudding is indeed unique and, as such, is very deserving of this recognition. I am pleased to see more Scottish produce following in the same footsteps as the likes of Arbroath Smokies, going through PGI and I hope to see many more taking the same path.

“This is a great chance to gain a much higher level of awareness and introduce citizens throughout Europe to this exceptional Scottish food. Once Stornoway Black Pudding becomes a protected name, consumers can be safe in the knowledge that they are purchasing the real “Marag Dubh”, produced on the island using the very distinctive traditional recipe.

“Stornoway Black Pudding graces the menus of some of Europe’s best restaurants thanks to its remarkable taste and I believe it to be of the highest standard possible. As such, I am once again happy to give my support to the butchers of Stornoway in their campaign to see such a great Scottish product receive the recognition it deserves.”