Renewed hopes of giving the Lincolnshire Sausage specially protected status have been dashed for a second time by a government minister.
Once again Defra, the Department for Food and Rural Affairs, ruled against giving our county banger Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, which would allow only sausages made in Lincolnshire and to a set recipe to use the name.
Thursday’s verdict was the second wave of disappointment for the Lincolnshire Sausage Association who were rebuffed with their original bid in May.
The appeal had gained some momentum after public backings from MPs, councillors and celebrities, and the LSA held an online poll in which over 99 per cent of voters agreed that the Lincolnshire Sausages should be made within the confines of the county itself.
Louth Mayor Jill Makinson-Sanders even backed the bid by dressing as a giant sausage when the Olympic Torch visited the town in June. Suggestions that she looked like something quite different from a sausage then made it into newspapers and onto television programmes around the world.
But once again Defra disagreed and ruled that there was no ‘enduring link’ between the sausage and the area, yet they hinted that there could be hope of some sort of protection for the sausage in the future.
David Heath MP, the newly-installed Food and Farming Minister, said: “We fully support protecting the local heritage of certain foods through PGI status. But to be eligible products must have an enduring link with a specific area.
“The evidence provided by the Lincolnshire Sausage Association did not demonstrate this and the new information provided in its appeal has not persuaded us to change our decision to reject the application.
“We remain open to looking at other options which would allow producers in Lincolnshire to highlight the traditional and local nature of their sausages.”
Meanwhile Janet Godfrey, the chaiman of the LSA, said: “We are extremely disappointed and are taking further legal advice as to our next steps.
“The only path we have left now is Judicial Review and although we feel we have a really good case, we don’t have the funds to back it as yet. If we can raise sufficient funds, then we will certainly consider this.”
We spoke to our award-winning Louth butchers to see what they made of the latest decision. You can read their views on the right hand side of this page.
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