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Cornish Pasty EU Ruling


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Cornish food manufacturers have won a nine-year battle to win special protection for their most famous snack, banning any products made in Devon, Wales or the rest of Britain from being called Cornish pasties.

From now on, only products made in Britain's most south-westerly county will be allowed to be called Cornish pasties. As well as this geographical restriction, products that include carrots and which are crimped on the top – rather than the correct Cornish style of on the side – will be banned from claiming to be the real article.

The ruling, issued by the European Union, puts it in a select group of products including Champagne and Parma Ham, as well as 42 British specialities such Kentish Ale, Melton Mowbray pork pies, Arbroath Smokies and Cornish clotted cream.

The ruling, which was welcomed warmly by the Cornish food industry, has however, caused consternation around the rest of the country. Many food manufacturers which supply supermarkets are not based in Cornwall, while one Cornish Pasty maker in Devon said European bureaucrats could go to hell.

The row between Devon and Cornwall over the pasty is almost as bitter as that between Yorkshire and Lancashire over the crown of England. Five years ago an historian claimed that archives in the Devon record office proved that the earliest reference to the snack was from Plymouth.

Cornwall has always claimed the meat-filled treat was as ancient as its tin mining industry; miners would take the food down as their only sustenance for the day.The EU ruling states that a genuine Cornish pasty has to have a distinctive "D" shape, be crimped on one side. It added: "The texture of the filling is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato, and onion with a light seasoning."

Alan Adler, chairman of the Cornish Pasty Association, said: "By guaranteeing the quality of the Cornish pasty, we are helping to protect our British food legacy. We lag far behind other European countries like France and Italy, that have hundreds of food products protected, and it's important that we value our foods just as much."

So what happens to Cheddar Cheese and Cumberland Sausages


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mrp it's easy to get around, all they'll do is add in 'style' so it's cornish style pasty rather than cornish pasty