Stornoway black pudding should be protected

Stornoway black pudding is famous throughout the country and to protect the product against ‘fakes’ the Stornoway Black Pudding Association has applied to the EU for

Protected Status for the regional food.

To gain the status producers need to prove their product has a strong connection to the region, including a historical link and a tradition of making the product.

The dish, historically known as marag dubh, is made of pig’s blood, onions, suet, oatmeal and spices and has been made in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, for centuries.

“Scottish companies”

But versions of the dish are found all over the globe, including Ireland, France, Germany and Spain.

The bid to get the Stornoway Black Pudding recognised is being led by a group of four butchers from Stornoway.

Talking about the bid Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Scotland is home to some of the most popular protected foods in Europe – including Scotch Beef and Scottish Farmed Salmon.

“It is excellent news that the Stornoway Black Pudding Association has grasped the opportunity to pursue protecting their premier product and I would encourage more of our Scottish companies to do the same.”

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