Newmarket Sausage gains protection

Newmarket sausage producers are celebrating after a campaign to claim protected status for the area’s unique sausage proved successful.

The Newmarket Sausage Association (NSA) has announced its application to the EU was successful and the Newmarket Sausage has now been granted Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).

The news the sausage had now joined a list of over 50 regional speciality products from all over the UK, was announced by Defra today (29 October). The PGI means the sausage can only be made in a defined area to strict specifications by members of the Newmarket Sausage Association (NSA).

The NSA was formed to apply for the status and the association includes Musk’s, Powters and Tennant’s Butchers. The campaign for recognition of the Newmarket Sausage got under way nearly 10 years ago.

NSA chairman and managing director of Musk’s, Chris Sheen, said: “This is something that has been in the pipeline for some time. We are delighted as it puts us on a par with Cumberland sausages and of similar status to the better-known Melton Mowbray pies and the Cornish Pasty.

“It will help protect the reputation of regional foods and promote rural and agricultural activity within the Newmarket area and recognises the status and longevity of the product within the area. Within the wider EU, the Newmarket Sausage will benefit from the same enhanced status as Champagne and Parma Ham.”

Speaking on behalf of Powters, managing director Grant Powter added: “I am delighted that this regional food product has now gained the protection it deserves by virtue of the reputation and quality which have been traditionally attributed to the making of sausages in Newmarket for over 150 years. This, in turn, will raise the profile of the Newmarket Sausage throughout the UK as well as in Europe.”

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