Posted: 13/02/2015

Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop in line for European protected status

Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop cheese looks set to become the latest Scottish product to gain protected food name status from Europe.

The cheese, which is made by Ann Dorward at Dunlop Dairy on West Clerkland Farm, is in the final stages of being awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.

Under the terms of the PGI, the cheese bearing that name can only be produced in a designated area around the traditional parish of Dunlop in Ayrshire from the whole milk of Ayrshire cows.

The application for the mild nutty cheese has progressed through several stages, both with Defra in the UK and the European Commission and has now been approved by both. It is currently in the public consultation stage and is open to objections or comments before being granted the PGI.

This consultation was first opened on November 21 last year and will run for a total of six months.

Meanwhile, a host of other UK products are progressing towards protected status. PGI applications for Conwy Mussels and London Cure Smoke Scottish Salmon were submitted to the EC in January 2015 and December 2014 respectively.

Dundee Cake and Vale of Evesham Asparagus have both cleared the Defra’s national consultation stage with their PGI applications, as has Traditional Welsh Caerphilly’s bid for Protected Designation of Origin, the strictest level of protection. All three will soon be sent to the EC.

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