The UK government must protect Scottish produce, such as Stornoway Black Pudding, by upholding the Protected Food Name scheme in all future trade deals, says the SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan.
This comes in response to the UK Government’s omission of Scottish products from the EU-Canada trade deal (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements (CETA)) and of key Scottish Protected Food Names in EU trade deals with Japan and Mexico.
SNP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing has written to the UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove to seek assurances around the protection of UK food names in EU trade deals.
Fergus Ewing warned that without this action our producers could be commercially disadvantaged.
Fergus Ewing previously wrote to Gove’s predecessor, Andrew Leadsom, on the same issue but never received a response.
Dr Allan said: “Throughout the entire Brexit process, the UK Government has repeatedly failed to stand up for Scotland’s interests. Here in the Western Isles, we produce some iconic food and drink brands which are consumed across the world.
"The approach from the Tories must change, and they must recognise the importance of the food and drink industry in Scotland, and the reach across the globe that these iconic brands gives places like the Western Isles.
“The EU Protected Food Name scheme has safeguarded products from our islands such as Stornoway Black Pudding, Scotch Lamb and Scottish Farmed Salmon from cheap knock-offs."
He said Michael Gove seems "all too willing" to discard this protection and open the floodgates to cheaper products appearing on supermarket shelves from overseas.
“We cannot gamble with Scotland’s £14 billion food and drink sector, where provenance of product is paramount, and allow cheaper imitations to undercut our first class, wholesome produce."