The benefits of protected food name status

Question: what do the following have in common — Cumberland sausage, Melton Mowbray pork pie, Arbroath smokies, Cornish clotted cream, Jersey royal potatoes, Rutland bitter, Blue Stilton cheese, Yorkshire forced rhubarb? Answer: they all benefit from protected food name status. (The clue was in the title of the article.)

This year has seen the addition of Anglesey sea salt and West Country beef and lamb to the growing list — an achievement that attracted some coverage in the press. Last year, Pembrokeshire potatoes won the status and we understand that the growers of Denbigh plums have applied for recognition as well.

Protected food name status is awarded by the European Commission. The relevant EU legislation has been around since 1993. The objective is to highlight regional and traditional foods whose authenticity and origin can be guaranteed. The scheme recognises three classes of protection…

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