London Cure Smoked Salmon given PGI status
London Cure smoked salmon has to be produced in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney or Newham
H. Forman & Son’s London Cure Smoked Salmon has been given European Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status and is believed to be London’s first product with the status.
In order to receive PGI status, an entire product must be processed within a specific region. London Cure smoked salmon has to be produced in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney or Newham.
Lance Forman, owner of H. Forman & Son, said: “Mass manufacturing has upended the way salmon is made, and not in a good way. As the fourth-generation leader of a family business, we have seen traditional smokehouses in the East End of London dwindle from a multitude to almost none.
“Our business is not just to smoke salmon, but to act as keepers of an extraordinary tradition, with the mission and desire to educate the public on how this traditional food should be made”.
The ingredients in the London Cure are PGI-protected Scottish salmon, oak smoke and salt. PGI status, enforceable by law, protects consumers from buying cheap imitations of PGI products that are not of equivalent quality and often have additives, preservatives or sugar.
In order to be considered London Cure, the salmon must be smoked and processed entirely by hand. In keeping with tradition, the smoke acts as a seal to lock in the taste of cured salmon rather than to flavour it.
H. Forman & Son said it sought PGI status as a continuation of its educational aims. The business regularly invites the public to visit the smokehouse, with tours and open days, so they can understand the manufacturing process. A viewing gallery is installed over the factory, so that any visitor can see the end to end process.