Welsh Lamb gets PM thumbs-up
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has praised “booming exports” of Welsh Lamb, which have been boosted by the Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status.
Exports of Welsh Lamb are worth about £150m a year to the economy.
“Winning the status has helped bring economic benefits to businesses across the country, including new jobs in Anglesey, booming exports of Welsh Lamb and brings the same international recognition as world famous products like Parma Ham and Feta Cheese.
“It is estimated the total value of UK protected food names is more than £900m,” said the Prime Minister.
He revealed that the government was committed to increasing the number of protected food names from 63 to 200 – with Carmarthen Ham and Welsh Laverbread expected to be confirmed this summer.
Dai Davies, chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales, said: “There is no doubt that having the PGI designation alongside the Welsh Lamb brand has helped open up new sales markets across the world, providing consumers with a guarantee of the provenance of the meat – something that is increasingly important in the global economy.”
PGI means that only sheep born and reared in Wales and processed through HCC-approved abattoirs or cutting plants can legally be described as Welsh Lamb.
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