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ROSEANNA URGES SUPPORT AND CLARITY OVER FOOD LABELLING AS UK MINISTER VISITS KINROSS-SHIRE PRODUCERS

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has learned that Lord Duncan of Springbank, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, will be visiting her constituency on Wednesday 8 August 2018. 

Since Lord Duncan’s visits will include a farm and a butcher’s shop, Ms Cunningham has urged the Minister to respond to concerns that urgent action is needed from the UK Government in Brexit talks to protect Scotland’s world-renowned food and drink produce, including Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb.

Speaking this afternoon (Tuesday) Ms Cunningham said:

“I am sure that while he is talking to my constituents, Lord Duncan will want to take the opportunity to welcome the recent announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of £200,000 of new funding to support Quality Meat Scotland’s 2018 Scotch Lamb promotional campaign.

“But, more importantly, I hope that he will respond to concerns that urgent action is needed from the UK Government in Brexit talks to protect Scotland’s world-renowned food and drink produce.

“Maintaining our Protected Food Names and other Geographical Indications following Brexit is vital – this is something that the Scottish Government has been calling for the UK Government to do for a long time.

“Since Lord Duncan is coming to both a farm and a butcher’s shop in my constituency this week, perhaps he could tell them what the future holds for these protections that are incredibly important to Scotland’s food and drinks sector.

“The labelling covers very demographically specific products like Arbroath Smokies and Stornoway
Black Pudding but it also covers Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb - much broader categories, whose protection is important to farmers and butchers the length and breadth of Scotland.

“It is extremely alarming not only that the EU says this has not yet been resolved but that the failure of the UK Government to reach agreement on this issue is being cited as one of the obstacles to reaching an overall Withdrawal Agreement.

“Scotland’s food producers need support and clarity from the UK Government on this important matter.  Instead there is silence and uncertainty.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design