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What is Scotch Lamb PGI?

Nowadays it’s only natural to want to know where your food comes from. However, we don’t always have time to study the back of every packet we pick up. Luckily, when it comes to choosing fresh or frozen lamb: you can simply look for the label that says Scotch Lamb PGI to be sure of quality in every bite.

The Quality Meat Scotland assurance logos are our shorthand for wholesomeness, safety and taste.
Only meat carrying the Scotch Lamb PGI logo is guaranteed to come from animals born and reared on assured Scottish farms. Read on to discover what makes this lamb so special.

What does PGI mean?

The PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) logo is your guarantee of a genuinely authentic product.
Since 1996 Scotch Lamb has held the coveted European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI)
status which legally protects it from imitation by meat from out with Scotland or from products claiming Scotch status.

You can be sure that whenever you buy Scotch Lamb PGI that it’s the genuine article. It has been quality assured for its whole life in Scotland; the farm and processor has been independently audited to make sure they meet stringent requirements regarding animal welfare and natural production methods. This all means that the Scotch Lamb you buy is fully traceable back to its farm of origin.

What is the difference between Scotch and Scottish?

In a nut shell, Scotch Lamb PGI is sourced from selected Scottish farms that must meet stringent criteria regarding animal welfare and natural production methods. We believe that our selection criteria lead to the best possible traditional tasting lamb.

Scottish lamb refers to any lambs that have been born, reared and processed in Scotland independent of any quality guarantees. It holds no PGI status.


What is the Scotch Lamb PGI assurance scheme?

A whole chain assurance programme with the benefit to reassure you that the Scotch Lamb you buy is the genuine article and the best it can be. It is the longest established scheme of its kind in the world, and is celebrating a milestone 25th anniversary in 2015.

This whole-of-life brand eligibility is delivered by a suite of assurance schemes: one livestock Cattle & Sheep and four non livestock: Feeds, Haulage, Auction Market and Processor.

Whole chain assurance underpins the integrity of Scotch Lamb PGI. It provides reassurance to consumers of provenance, highest standards of production, animal welfare and wellbeing, to deliver a quality eating experience.

In addition to be born and reared all its life on a Scotch assured farm and processed in an approved establishment. To ensure the best consistent eating quality we only select the best prime lamb:

Our quality selection criteria don’t end at the farm gate. To ensure that only the best Scotch Lamb reaches your table the Scotch Lamb standards include proper selection and classification of carcases and the chilling process.