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SNP MEP Ian Hudghton raised the profile of Dundee Cake, currently the subject of a bid to gain Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in the European Union, by hosting a tasting at the European Parliament this afternoon.
Despite the name of the cake, currently a Dundee Cake can be made anywhere in the world. However, should the PGI status be approved, Dundee Cake would have to be mixed, baked and decorated in the Dundee area to allow the use of the Dundee Cake name. Similar recognition exists for Arbroath Smokies, Champagne, Parmesan cheese and Stornoway black pudding.
A week previously, Ian Hudghton MEP met Dundee baker Martin Goodfellow who is leading the campaign for PGI recognition, and purchased samples of Dundee Cake for the European Parliament tasting session in Brussels, to allow EU officials to sample the famous cake and to inform them about the PGI bid. The event coincided with St. Andrews Day celebrations at the European Parliament.
Commenting Ian Hudghton MEP said,"I hosted a successful event in the European Parliament this afternoon, where my fellow MEPS and a large number of EP officials took the opportunity to taste Dundee Cake and to hear about the campaign for PGI recognition.
"The cake was warmly received and I'm sure it will have given an extra boost to the strong case for Dundee Cake to be recognised with the official PGI status."