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Euro bid to protect Smokie.

Byline: FRANK HURLEY

FISHERMEN battling to save the Arbroath Smokie want it officially recognised by the EU.

The concerned Scots fishermen say their world famous delicacy is being swamped under a tidal wave of poor foreign imitations.

And they want Eurocrats to act and protect their product by insisting that only haddock smoked in the town can rightly be sold as Arbroath Smokies.

If successful in their European campaign for product protection, the Smokie will be recognised alongside Champagne and Parma Ham on the basis of uniqueness, quality and origin.

Traditionally smoked over burning oak logs in "barrels" in quayside smokeries, the haddock are first gutted, cleaned and tied in twos with string at the tails before being placed on tenderhooks inside the smokers.

Arbroath businessman Bob Spink said: "If it's not got string it ain't the Smokie and it's not the genuine article."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2002
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