27 Jul 2011

Cornish pasties join protected name list

9:50 am on 27 July 2011

Cornish pasties have joined a growing list of Europe's privileged foods whose names are protected from imitation.

From now on, only pasties made in Cornwall can claim to be "Cornish pasties" - the latest addition to more than 1,000 foodstuffs around Europe granted the EU status of Protected Geographical Indication.

Conservative MP for the Southwest Julie Girling said it was a great day for Cornwall and a great day for Cornish pasties.

"Now Cornish pasties are where they deserve to be - on a par with Champagne and Parma ham."

The decision by the European Commission ends a nine-year fight for special recognition, and ranks Cornish pasties alongside regional favourites such as Arbroath Smokies, Cornish clotted cream and Melton Mowbray pork pies.

Some renowned foods however do not make the grade - Yorkshire pudding is deemed too much of a generic term to restrict the name to its manufacture in one particular part of the country.

The rules affect certain cheeses, hams, meats, fruits and vegetables, as well as olive oils, dairy products, beers, bakery products, spices and coffee, whose place-related names are deemed to denote an important Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).

The EU's idea of an authentic pasty from Cornwall is one in the traditional shape, crimped on one side. The contents are minced or chunks of beef, swede, potato, and onion "with a light seasoning".