Cumberland sausage wins protected status
The Cumberland sausage has been granted protected status by Europe.
The sausage, with its traditional coiled shape, has been enjoyed for more than 500 years and follows the Cornish pasty as a product made in the UK that has been handed a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
Sausages displaying the PGI mark will have to have been produced, processed and prepared in Cumbria and contain at least 80% meat and be at least three-quarters of an inch thick.
Food Minister Jim Paice said: “We’re justly proud of British food and I’m delighted to welcome the traditional Cumberland sausage as the first of our many fine sausages to win protected status.
“This should be a significant boost to Cumbrian producers, who will now be able to prove that their product is the real thing. It’s also a boost to consumers who can have confidence in where their sausages come from.”