Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop cheese has been granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Commission.

The Scottish cheese was developed in the village of Dunlop in the 17th Century and revived in 1989. It is produced to an ancient recipe using milk from Dunlop cows raised on local pasture, which benefits from favourable rainfall and clay soils.

PGI status means that only cheese produced in Dunlop using the traditional recipe can be described as Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop. “This will ensure the provenance and methods of production of this cheese will not be forgotten in years to come,” said Ann Dorward from Dunlop Dairy.

UK Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said she was “delighted” to see Traditional Ayrshire Dunlop take its place on the list of 63 protected UK foods, which includes the Cornish pasty, the Melton Mowbray pork pie, Blue Stilton and Yorkshire Wensleydale.

“I want to see many more cheeses join this list,” she added.