LONDON CURE SMOKED SALMON SET TO GET SPECIAL EU STATUS
Last week was full of congratulations for us at H. Forman & Son, as it was announced on ITV News London on Friday 11th September that we are on the verge of being awarded European protected status for our London Cure Smoked Salmon. Protected name status means that under EU law foods, such as the Cornish Pasty or Melton Mowbray pork pies, can be produced only in those named parts of the world.
When granted, it will be the first London food or drink to be awarded such recognition, and will put us alongside the likes of household names such as Champagne and Parma Ham. It will also join 63 other products in the UK, including traditional Cumberland sausages and Jersey Royal potatoes.
Lance Forman explains:
“I really wanted the public to be aware that smoked salmon is a London tradition, it’s not a Scottish tradition. A lot of people think that it’s this ancient Scottish product, but actually it was the salmon that came down from Scotland to East London where it was smoked. East London is the home of salmon smoking.
The traditional cure was devised four generations ago by Harry (Aaron) Forman, the Jewish founder of the firm who arrived in London from Russia in 1905, and has remained unchanged. Small amounts of rock salt, no added sugar or water, and then a cold smoking process. Formans is the world’s oldest Scottish salmon smokers and “we remain faithful to the principles established by my great-grandfather in 1905” says Lance Forman.
In case you missed it, click HERE to watch the segment on itv.com (By Luke Hanrahan, ITV News London Reporter)
Click HERE to browse through our Smoked Salmon products, available on our website