Scottish food producers 'should pursue EU protection'

Shetland sheep Native Shetland Wool is one of 12 Scottish products to have EU protection

Related Stories

Scottish food producers are being urged to apply for protected EU status for their brands to prevent imitations.

Arbroath Smokies and Stornoway Black Pudding are among 12 Scottish products registered under the European Union's Protected Food Names (PFN) scheme.

The Scottish government wants more businesses to gain the status to help prevent others trading on their reputation.

Officials will be offering PFN advice at this week's Royal Highland Show.

Like a trademark, the PFN scheme gives products which meet certain standards protection from unauthorised imitation, and helps consumers know they are buying the "genuine article".


  • Stornoway Black Pudding
  • Shetland Lamb
  • Orkney Beef
  • Orkney Lamb
  • Scottish Farmed Salmon
  • Scottish Wild Salmon
  • Scotch Lamb
  • Scotch Beef
  • Arbroath Smokie
  • Native Shetland Wool
  • Teviotdale Cheese (not in production)
  • Bonchester Cheese (not in production)

According to the EU DOOR database (which combines some similar items), of the 1,158 registered products, only 48 are from the UK - compared to Italy's 254 and France's 197.

Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "I believe there's scope for many more producers to put their products forward for recognition, protecting them from imitation and giving their brand a real boost.

"I hope our push at the Royal Highland Show will give more producers the encouragement they need to get involved in the scheme - ultimately their product stands to be a winner as well as Scotland's food and drink industry as a whole."

The Royal Highland Show runs from 20-23 June.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Scotland stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Need for speed

    Audi unveils its fastest production car ever - ahead of its Geneva debut


  • A robot holding a table legClick Watch

    The robots who build flat-pack furniture - teaching machines to work collaboratively

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.