12 November 2011
A group of Scottish farmers and crofters have succeeded in their six-year fight to gain Protected Origin status for native Shetland wool. ...
Shetland Wool is to be granted Protected Designation of Origin Status in November 2011 following the efforts a group of Shetland farmers and crofters who named themselves Shetland Organics. The status gives legal protection to native Shetland wool and makes the wool the first non-food and drink product to gain the Protected status.
The protection will assure buyers that they are purchasing a genuine product, and the wool will join other products such as Cornish clotted cream and Shetland lamb, which also have Protected status. Speaking to BBC Scotland, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead said: 'Scotland is home to some of the most popular protected food name products in Europe - including Scotch Beef and Scottish Farmed Salmon - and I'm delighted that Native Shetland Wool joins this exclusive club as the first non-food product.
'This PDO proves there is further opportunity for farmers through animal by-products to carve out a prestigious, desirable commodity as well as food and drink.'
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