Scottish Farmed Salmon gets PGI protective status –

Scottish Farmed Salmon gets PGI protective status Published:  13 August, 2004

Scottish Farmed Salmon has been rewarded with a European seal of approval –

protecting its identity, quality and authenticity.

The new Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) designation means that

consumers can be sure of the origin, quality and production standards of

Scottish Farmed Salmon which will be given legal protection against

imitation throughout the European Union (EU).

The accolade is shared by other products such as Whitstable Oysters and Arbroath Smokies, in the UK, and Collioure Anchovies in France.

A spokeswoman for Scottish Quality Salmon a quality assurance organisation,

whose membership represents around 65% of the tonnage produced by the

Scottish industry told Fishupdate com that the European Commission had

announced the designation in the official journal yesterday, Thursday.

Under the EU definition, PGI status is “open to products which must be

produced or processed or prepared within the geographical area and have a

reputation, features or certain qualities attributable to that area.”

In total, 36 UK products are now listed under the EU scheme, under which

products are either tied to a specific geographical area or because they are

made to a traditional


About 150,000 tonnes of Scottish Farmed Salmon, worth £1billion is produced

annually, providing 8,500 jobs in Scotland.

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