EU-USA Trade Deal - Duncan demands protection for Scottish Brands
Ian Duncan MEP has today asked the European Commission to guarantee that the protected status of Scottish products, like the Arbroath Smokie and Stornaway Black Pudding, will be unaffected by any trade deal (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the world’s largest free trade agreement currently being negotiated by the European Union and the USA.
Concerns have been raised that the deal could lead to American imitations of protected products entering the European market, and Dr Duncan has written to the European Trade Commissioner Trade, Cecilia Malmström, to confirm that existing protections for regional food would remain intact.
Under the EU's Protected Food Name Scheme (PFN), products which meet certain standards are given protection from unauthorised imitation, and helps consumers know they are buying the "genuine article". The products can only be sold under their traditional names if they were actually produced in the region described. Scottish products protected include Scotch Beef, Scottish Wild Salmon and Teviot Cheese.
Commenting Dr Duncan said:
'I have been closely following the trade negotiations (TTIP) and have already received assurances from the European Commission that the National Health Service will be unaffected by the deal.
'I now want to make sure that the deal would not allow renowned Scottish Brands such as the Arbroath Smokie to be imitated by American competitors.
'Products like the Smokie and Orkney Lamb are protected for a reason and that's why I have written to Commissioner Malmström to make sure that continues.
'TTIP has the potential to create jobs and boost the economy but we must make sure that the agreed deal is right for Scots'
Further information on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement - http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/
Details of the Protected Food Name Scheme - http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/index_en.htm
Letter to Commissioner Malmström - http://www.ianduncan.org.uk/sites/default/files/TTIPMalstrom060115.docx