Cambrian Mountains Lamb receives GI status

Cambrian Mountains Lamb has now officially joined the growing collection of UK’s Geographical Indications (GIs).

The new, independent GI schemes were launched after the end of the transition period to ensure popular and traditional products from across the country are recognised for their authenticity and origin.

This means that shoppers can buy their favourite food and drink with confidence, and producers benefit from intellectual property protection, so that others cannot imitate them.

There are 91 GIs registered from across the UK – 81 agricultural products, five wines and five spirit drinks.

Wales’ Cambrian Mountain’s lamb derives its characteristics from lambs born and reared in the Cambrian Mountains area of Wales.

The animals grow at a naturally slow pace, while grazing hills and mountains during the summer and autumn.

The meat is produced using a traditional ‘Hafod a Hendre’ system of farming, which dates back to the Middle Ages. The succulent and delicate lamb matures slowly over more than 16 weeks, before being sold to customers.

Environment Secretary, George Eustice said:

Our new GI schemes ensure that traditional products, like Cambrian Mountains Lamb, have a special status to mark their authenticity and provenance.

“It is great to see these new GIs registered today, taking us to a total of 91 GI products registered from across the UK.

“I hope that we will continue to build on this success, and ensure that our produce is enjoyed at home and abroad.”