Silver medal winning Dunsyre Blue cheese, made from raw organic milk in Lanarkshire
The prestigious awards celebrate the best produce from around the world, with a record-breaking 3,500 cheeses lined up for an international panel of 230 experts in Bergen.
The family at Errington Cheese are celebrating winning three medals at the World Cheese Awards, as the business gets back on track following a series of legal battles fought since 2016 in defence of the company’s very existence.
The cheese producer’s Corra Linn was awarded two gold medals, while the first ever batch of its new Dunsyre Blue, made with raw organic milk, was given a silver award at the ceremony in Norway on Friday, 2 November.
Awarded with two top gongs, the Corra Linn is a hard ewes’ milk cheese made with unpasteurised milk and vegetarian rennet. The batch entered was cheese made in 2016 and was released following the company’s success in proving their cheese safe to eat and produced in accordance with the hygiene regulations.
The new batch of Dunsyre Blue is made using milk from Errington’s new supplier, Mossigeil Farm, from a herd of organic Ayrshire cows, which are kept with their mothers and fed a natural grass diet, resulting in excellent quality milk.
Errington Cheese, based in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire, is looking ahead following a traumatic couple of years that saw them successfully defending a costly legal battle with South Lanarkshire Council in January this year.
The Council wanted to dispose of the small producer’s entire stock of cheese after a well-publicised claim that the cheese was linked to an outbreak of E.coli O157 illness – a claim the company strongly refutes based on advice from experts in the fields of microbiology and epidemiology. To date, the authorities have not been required to submit their claim to any judicial examination.
The company has now been cleared of breaching food hygiene regulations and, as of last week, won a judicial review declaring that all batches were safely produced and safe to eat.
Last month the company opened its production facilities to members of the public, marking Great British Cheese Day, to taste some cheese and gain an insight into the processes behind it. The event was hugely successful, with hundreds of visitors, some from as far afield as Aberdeen and Cumbria, passing through the doors.
Selina Cairns, director at Errington Cheese said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the recent hat-trick at the World Cheese Awards. We’ve continually argued about the quality of our produce and this is a fantastic third-party accolade for the cheese that we work hard to produce every day.
“The World Cheese Awards are one of the most fiercely competitive and high regarded accolades in the industry and taking home three medals from them is a tremendous achievement.”
“The last couple of years have been extremely difficult but as we start to get back on track and work hard to increase significantly our production and sales, the awards underline the world-class quality which we are able to produce.”
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