Fight goes on to protect our sausage

Chris Smith, Shop Manager at Lakings of Louth butchers, supports the campaign.
Chris Smith, Shop Manager at Lakings of Louth butchers, supports the campaign.

LINCOLNSHIRE Sausages may yet be granted special protection after a new wave of support for the bid.

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association are bidding for Protected Geographical Indication status which would mean only sausages produced in Lincolnshire and to a set recipe could use the name ‘Lincolnshire Sausage’.

But the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs threw out the application, stating that too many of the products were made outside the county, and that there were too many variations of recipes.

They also said there was no enduring link between the product and the place.

Butchers in the Louth and Mablethorpe area are backing the bid for protected status, as is the Leader!

Now it appears the LSA will appeal the decision, and are asking people where they expect their Lincolnshire Sausages to be made.

Supporters can visit www.sausagefans.co.uk to have their say and can sign the protection petition at www.change.org/petitions/lincolnshire-sausages.

LSA chairman Janet Godfrey told the Leader she thought the decision was ‘very frustrating’.

“We just don’t understand it,” she said.

A Defra spokesman confirmed the appeal deadline has been extended until this Friday, June 15 due to ‘extenuating circumstances’.

Follow the Leader for further updates on this story.