The following letter on behalf of the trustees of Slow Food Scotland has been sent to the Errington cheese-making family:
Dear Selina, Humphrey, family and cheesemaking team
Along with the rest of the food community, we were shocked at your recent news.
It’s hard to imagine how you all must be feeling facing this onslaught on your livelihood and the challenge to your integrity as producers of good food.
Your family has played such a fundamental role in inspiring and leading the cheese-making movement in Scotland.
Rest assured, our thoughts are with you and all those affected on the farm and further afield.
The actions of the FSS have raised important issues about the treatment of producers like yourselves that mean this case is an important one if we are to truly support and nurture artisan production of food in Scotland.
Slow Food has always been a supporter of artisan producers like yourselves, and more particularly the production of raw milk cheeses, with campaigns for raw milk Stilchelton, for example.
We applaud the crowdfunder to support your judicial review and will continue to spread the word amongst our convivia and networks.
If there is any other way in which we and the wider Slow Food network can help, please let us know.
We hope the coming weeks will see you given a fair hearing, and for accuracy, honesty and justice to emerge.
We look forward to seeing your important and special cheeses return to their rightful place amongst the family of good, clean and fair foods in Scotland.
Slow Food Scotland Trustees