Smoked salmon awarded London’s first PGI status
Britain’s oldest smoked salmon business, H. Forman & Son has been awarded the capital’s first PGI status for its London cure smoked salmon.
Owner Lance Forman celebrated the award with Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove at the smokehouse in London.
Forman said he first sought the PGI status to continue the business’s aim of educating the public on its traditional manufacturing process.
“Mass manufacturing has upended the way salmon is made, and not in a good way,” said Forman. “We have seen traditional smokehouses in the East End of London dwindle from a multitude to almost none.
The company has been producing the product for over a century, which is made from three ingredients: PGI-protected Scottish salmon, oak smoke and salt.
During the celebration, the Environment Secretary said: “London Cure Smoked Salmon has been cherished by food lovers in the capital for generations and the traditional skills used to produce it today are testament to the rich culinary heritage with have in this country.”
Prime Minister Theresa May and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, also offered their congratulations on the news of the EU PGI status.
“The coveted Protected Geographical Indication status is a fantastic recognition of the hard work H. Forman & Son has put into the business, and it is great news for London and the UK food industry as a whole,” said May.