It’s not that long ago since we noted the final stage of granting protected status to Stornoway Black Pudding had been reached, with the final award being a month or two away – but the wait is over, barely three weeks later.
Stornoway Black Pudding has now joined food such as the Arbroath Smokie, and been granted legal protection by inclusion in the EU register of Protected Geographical Indicators (PGI), making it illegal to copy the recipe, produce it elsewhere, and claim the imitation is the genuine product.
The status means it can only be described as Stornoway Black Pudding if it is produced in the town or parish of Stornoway on Lewis, and follows a campaign led by four island butchers and Rhoda Grant MSP.
The campaign to have this status granted began back in 2008, after it was found that the product had been ripped-off by others, who were making something similar, and then labelling it as the original.
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, is seen manhandling the product during an earlier visit to Stornoway Black Pudding: