Producers and retailers in Lincolnshire have launched a campaign to appeal against the decision to turn down a PGI application for the Lincolnshire sausage
Defra rejected the application on the grounds that the sausage did not have a strong enough connection with the county.
The Lincolnshire Sausage Association has teamed up with retailers, producers and a member of the European parliament to appeal against Defra, and already have over 1,000 signatures on a petition.
Derek Clark, UKIP MEP, said, “Other EU member states fall over themselves to help their food makers enjoy this status. It is the same rules which protect Champagne, Gorgonzola or hundreds of other European products. I found it inexplicable that the UK's food and agriculture ministry won't help British foods in this way. So we travelled to meet them, find out why and ask them in the interests of Britain to change their approach.”
The association has been trying to get PGI status for the Lincolnshire sausage for seven years.