Welsh leek officially protected as it gains UK GI status

Wales’ national vegetable and emblem, the Welsh Leek, is now officially protected as it gains the highly sought-after UK GI status. It becomes the third new Welsh product to achieve Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, following Gower Salt Marsh Lamb and Cambrian Mountains Lamb.

Welsh Leeks also become the 19th member of the Welsh GI family of products, joining the likes of Anglesey Sea Salt, Welsh Lamb, Welsh Beef, and Pembrokeshire Earlies.

The UK GI scheme was established at the beginning of 2021 following Brexit and ensures certain food and drink products can continue to receive legal protection against imitation and misuse.

From now on, Welsh Leeks sold with the UK GI logo will promote the heritage and culture of Wales and provide the product and consumers with certification of quality and uniqueness. The application for Welsh Leeks PGI status was led by Pembrokeshire’s Puffin Produce, who already have Pembrokeshire Earlies PGI under their belt.

Read the complete article at www.farminguk.com.

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