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Town's fish gets special status

Smoked kippers
Smoked fish has been processed in Grimsby since 1850

Fish which has been traditionally smoked in Grimsby has been awarded the same EU status given to Champagne, Parma ham and Melton Mowbray pork pies.

It has been given Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, meaning only fish smoked in a certain way in the town can use the name.

Fish smokers in Grimsby have been fighting to get Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish registered for 10 years.

The PGI aims to stop locally-produced foods being imitated by other brands.

Labour intensive

Traditional Grimsby Smoked Fish are defined as fillets of cod or haddock, usually bought at the town's fish market, which are smoked in accordance with traditional methods in Grimsby.

Richard Enderby, who owns a traditional smoking shop in Grimsby, spoke of his relief at the decision.

"Apart from excitement it's relief, because we've been after it for a very long time", he said.

He said it was important that the process was recognised as unique.

"Its a traditional job that hasn't changed in generations and it's very labour intensive. It's quite a long drawn out process and you've got to know what you're doing."

Other well-known products which have benefited from protected regional status are Newcastle Brown Ale and Plymouth gin.

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