Salmon Association seeks o-fish-al EU protection

Following on from last month’s post about EU “indicators of geographical origin”, it has leapt to my attention that the Scottish Government is consulting on an application by the Salmon Net Fishing Association of Scotland to have “Scottish Wild Salmon” registered as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).

The application covers Scottish Wild Salmon caught solely in Scotland and makes reference to the unique qualities of Scottish salmon: “Fresh Scottish Wild Salmon are bright silver, with a dark blue back and firm, with scales intact….The fish are in peak physical condition and are recognised as excellent for eating fresh or smoking to make the famous Scottish wild smoked salmon recognised by many of Europe’s top chefs and restaurants.” The Scottish Government’s consultation requests that interested organisations mullet over and provide comments (or objections) by June 4, 2010.

In related “indicators of geographal origin” news, Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb has successfully gained Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status. The rhubarb, grown by candlelight, is grown at 12 farms in West Yorkshire’s vaguely sinister sounding ‘Rhubarb Triangle’ between Morley, Wakefield and Rothwell (near Leeds). Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is the 41st British product to become an EU Protected Food Name, and all 41 products can be viewed here.

Janet Oldroyd, of the Yorkshire Rhubarb Growers Association, said: “Awarding PDO status to Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb is fantastic news for British food. The public will be certain that our product is exactly of the quality and flavour expected of Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb as all producers must not only be in the designated area, but will be extensively audited, ensuring traditional production methods are maintained.”

To find out why rhubarb was once more sought after than opium – and lots of other rhubarb facts – you can visit Ms Oldroyd’s website.

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