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A move to close down the troubled Hebridean Sea Salt company has been lodged in court.

 

The business is still under investigation over claims its luxury pure Hebridean sea loch salt is not quite the real thing.

 

It is alleged Hebridean Sea Salt overwhelmingly contained imported ingredients.

 

Owner Natalie Crayton has decided to wind up the company.

 

Insolvency agents Wilson Shield of Sheffield are proposed as interim liquidators.

 

A legal winding up document submitted to Stornoway Sheriff Court states the firm has a financial “deficiency” of £244,106.

 

“The directors resolved as the company was insolvent it should be wound up.”

 

The firm is “unable to pay its debts as they fall due,” adds the document which was lodged by Kepstorn solicitors of Kilmacolm.

 

The court is asked to appoint Lisa Hogg and Fiona Grant of Wilson Shield as joint interim liquidators.

 

The comhairle said its probe into the company is still continuing.

 

The council is the food authority for the area and thus its environmental health officials had an obligation to investigate after a sacked employee raised concerns.

 

Its small factory unit in Pairc in Lewis was raided by investigators and large quantities of the product seized earlier this year.

 

Its small artisan workshop in Pairc in Lewis has been dormant for months.

 

Food industry watchdog, Food Standards Scotland (FSS), maintains “over 80% of the salt found in Hebridean Sea Salt did not originate in the Hebrides, but was imported table salt.”

 

FSS said the “scale of deception” was unacceptable and risked jeopardising the reputation of Scotland’s food industry for high quality, authentic food products.

 

Customers paid a premium price for the unique “pure original” sea salt flakes said to be “hand harvested” in the Hebrides,

 

Ms Crayton previously said non-Hebridean sea salt was added to “seed” the island product, previously marketed as hand-harvested from Loch Erisort sealoch - but only in line with common industry practice and “clearly documented in our food safety documentation.”

 

The “seed” salt taken in was pure sea salt without additives and was declared, she maintained.

 

 

 

Natalie Crayton set up the firm in Pairc

Troubled Hebridean Sea Salt to be liquidated  

2 July 2017