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Prime Minister praises ‘booming Welsh Lamb exports’

Jul 23 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron has praised the ‘booming exports of Welsh Lamb’ during his visit to the Royal Welsh Show.

His comments came in the context of the value of the protected food names scheme, of which Welsh Lamb – and Welsh Beef – benefits from having Protected Geographical Indication status.

“The Government is 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,” said Mr Cameron.

“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 £900 million,” said the Prime Minister.

Dai Davies, Chairman of Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales said: “I am delighted that the Prime Minister has singled out Welsh Lamb as an excellent example of the benefits of having protected food name status.

“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.”

Exports of Welsh Lamb are worth about £150 million a year to the 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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