UK approves change to Scottish farmed salmon PGI specification

Editorial Staff

Amendment will change PGI’s name from “Scottish Farmed Salmon” to “Scottish Salmon.”

The UK Secretary of State has approved a change to the product specification for Scottish Farmed Salmon’s Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) under EU Regulation No 1151/2012.

Industry body Salmon Scotland proposed removing the word “farmed” from the PGI, a request made public following press reports in October.

Originally submitted on July 20, the application sought to update the PGI designation to better reflect current consumer understanding that Atlantic salmon sold in the UK is farmed, not wild.

The amendment will change the PGI’s name from “Scottish Farmed Salmon” to “Scottish Salmon” and adjust the geographical designation to include “The coastal region of mainland Scotland, Western Isles, Orkney, and Shetland Isles.”

The Secretary of State determined that these amendments, which are not minor, meet the requirements and are justified. With no opposition received during the designated period, the amendments were officially approved. A 20-day notice period is now in effect before the register is updated to reflect these changes.

An appeal against this decision can be filed with the First-tier Tribunal until 5 p.m. on April 30, 2024.


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