World First for Welsh Lamb through ‘origin fingerprint’ technology

Consumers are increasingly demanding that the food they buy can be traced back to its origin.

Thanks to advanced technology, millions of consumers can rest assured that if it’s Welsh Lamb they want, it’s Welsh Lamb they’ll get.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has entered into a landmark new partnership with world leading technology company Oritain that will deliver the ultimate in farm to fork traceability for PGI Welsh Lamb.

Oritain’s technology analyses trace elements and isotopes which animals absorb from their natural environment and the grass and water that they consume, to establish a distinctive Welsh ‘fingerprint of origin’. Its techniques are highly-respected in a variety of industries, including food, textiles and pharmaceuticals.

“Under this new partnership, lamb can be tested at any point in the supply chain and can be scientifically verified that it came from an animal reared in Wales. Of course, Welsh Lamb already has an excellent reputation for traceability among consumers thanks to the PGI scheme, administered in conjunction with NSF Certification. But the new agreement with Oritain takes this to the highest level, ensuring that our premium brand has the ultimate in robust product traceability.” - HCC Chief Executive Gwyn Howells.

“Welsh Lamb gets its distinct flavour and characteristics from the unique environment it’s reared in, confirmed by its PGI designation. What Oritain then does is to provide complete assurance that the PGI Welsh Lamb consumers are enjoying – wherever they are across the globe – is exactly that thanks to our world-leading forensic science. PGI Welsh Lamb already has a world-leading reputation for quality and traceability. To have that underpinned by Oritain’s traceability technology will further cement that reputation for the future.” - Grant Cochrane, CEO of Oritain.