Lincolnshire Sausage protection fight goes on after appeal confirmed

Dave Clerk, Adam Bowler and Keith Nelson of Woodcocks Butchers in Mablethorpe with their prize Lincolnshire Sausages.
Dave Clerk, Adam Bowler and Keith Nelson of Woodcocks Butchers in Mablethorpe with their prize Lincolnshire Sausages.

THE fight to protect the Lincolnshire Sausage has been given new life after the Lincolnshire Sausage Association confirmed it will be appealing against the original rejection.

The LSA want the sausage to be granted protected geographical indication status, allowing only sausages produced in the historic county of Lincolnshire to the proper specification to be sold as ‘Lincolnshire sausages’, but DEFRA (Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs) turned down the bid in May.

But on Friday morning the LSA confirmed the appeal, contesting both verdicts that the sausage had no enduring link to the area, and that most are made outside the county.

An LSA statement said: “The appeal is based on new evidence, inconsistency with precedents, insufficient consideration of the LSA’s evidence, the LSA’s view that Defra has been insufficiently critical of the objectors’ evidence, there has been disproportionate weighting given to the objectors’ evidence and improper process.”

The LSA say the PGI status would hand a massive boost to over 150 small, local businesses in Lincolnshire, and the feeling was backed by the new leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Coun Robert Palmer, of North Somercotes.

An online survey saw 98 per cent of over 2,000 sausage fans say they expected their Lincolnshire Sausages to be made within the county.

“We are sad and disappointed with the Defra response, have submitted our appeal and are taking legal advice as to our next steps,” said the LSA.

“We are also asking lovers of the Lincolnshire Sausage to support our fundraising appeal to protect the sausage.

“We will be at the Lincolnshire Show next week, so please come along and support us in the Food Court – June 20 and 21.”