Scottish MEP David Martin has welcomed the news that Ayrshire Dunlop cheese has gained protected status as an authentic Scottish product.
Dunlop cheese was originally made in the Ayrshire village of Dunlop in the 17th century. Milk from cows reared on the local pastures benefitted from the abundant rainfall and clay soil. The cheese is now set to be given the same Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status as the Cornish pasty and the Melton Mowbray pork pie through the European Commission’s PGI scheme.
GIs - or Geographical Indications is a legal protection for products based on where they originate or due to them being produced according to strict traditional methods. Scotch whisky, for example, can only be called Scotch if it is produced in Scotland where similarly there are protections for Stornoway Black Pudding and Arbroath Smokies.
Mr Martin, a member of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee commented:
“The European system for GIs on agricultural products has brought tangible benefits for Scottish producers and a quality guarantee for consumers.
“These measures are where the strength of the EU can give robust protection for authentic and traditional Scottish products abroad, boost production and protect Scottish jobs.
“Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop will now, like Blue Stilton and Yorkshire Wensleydale receive recognition and protection for its 300-year tradition and cheese-lovers can be sure of the authenticity of the product they are buying.”