THE bid to protect the Lincolnshire Sausage has been given backing by the new chairman of Lincolnshire County Council,
Coun Robert Palmer, of North Somercotes, told the Leader he was ‘hugely disappointed’ the bid for Protection Geographical Indication was turned down by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
It would have allowed only sausages made in Lincolnshire to a set recipe to use the name.
Coun Palmer said: “I feel hugely disappointed that the well renowned Lincolnshire sausage has had its application for protected status turned down.
“It’s essential we preserve the heritage and reputation of our traditional products. Protected status would not only have guaranteed the authenticity of our sausage, but helped support the livelihood of our local producers; more than 160 county businesses rely on making and selling the real thing.
“I fully support the Lincolnshire Sausage Association and will back them in any appeal. I also hope DEFRA follow up on their promise to look at other ways for our producers to highlight the local nature of this produce, of which they are rightly very proud.”