Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

If You Get Craster Kippers from Anywhere Else, Then Something Fishy's Going on; New Move to Give Delicacy Protection

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

If You Get Craster Kippers from Anywhere Else, Then Something Fishy's Going on; New Move to Give Delicacy Protection

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Byline: Richard Fletcher

AUNIQUE Northumbrian delicacy could soon be ranked alongside Parma ham and French champagne after efforts were made to give it protected status.

Craster Kippers, which have been part of the county's food heritage for more than 100 years, may soon be awarded Protected Geographical Indication under the EU Protected Food Name Scheme.

The scheme protects particular foods and says they must be produced within a certain area and have a 'reputation, features or certain qualities attributable to that area'.

The application has been put forward by Alan and Neil Robson, the father and son team who run L Robson and Sons. If successful, their much-loved smoked fish will be protected by law from businesses elsewhere calling their fish Craster Kippers.

Alan Robson said: "It's not right that someone else can produce something and call it Craster Kippers if they're not. You wouldn't like to buy Devon clotted cream and find out it comes from North Shields.

"We heard Arbroath Smokies had been successful, so it's just to stop people out of the area selling kippers and calling them Craster. We've had that quite a bit.

"It will help the public because they won't be sold off by someone selling something that isn't the genuine article. We have a very high quality and a very good name, not only here but in a lot of other countries as well."

This is the third time Robsons has applied for the status but they hope that, with encouragement from the EU and help from Northern Foods, they will be successful this time. The firm was set up in 1905 by Alan's grandfather, James, and carried on by his father Luke. The firm now produces between three and four tonnes of kippers a week.

Food and Farming Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has hosted a celebration of protected British foods and is currently urging more producers to apply. …

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