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WATCH: How America could start making Cornish pasties

WATCH: How America could start making Cornish pasties

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:23pm 9th March 2018. (Updated at 10:03am 11th March 2018)

Fears for the Cornish pasty amid claims they could carry a 'Made In America' tag following Brexit.

It comes as US lobbyists call for the UK to drop geographical name protections once we break away from the EU, reports i News.

And dropping the protections means places like America would be able to import copies of the product - without having to prove they have been made in Cornwall.

In 1993, EU protections were put in place to protect food products based on their geographic location or place of origin.

Among those were the Cornish Pasty, Cornish Sardines, Cornish clotted cream and Fal Oysters.

All must be produced, processed or prepared within Cornwall and have a reputation, features or certain qualities attributable to the county.

Now there are concerns if the protections aren't replicated, cheaper versions could be imported from abroad and have a major impact on Cornwall's food industry.

Malcolm Bell, chief exec of Visit Cornwall, said: "We need the UK government to adopt the equivalent of the EU designated status and include that in any trade agreements.

"Local and regional providence and quality assurance is important for producers and for Cornwall."

 

Back in September, Cornish MP Scott Mann urged the government to make it a key consideration.

Speaking in the House of Commons during Exiting the European Union Question Time, he said: "I have urged the Government to keep protections in place for Cornish foods such as the Cornish Pasty, Cornish Sardines and Cornish Clotted Cream.

"These protections make sure that these foods are made in Cornwall and have Cornish characteristics.

"If these protections were lost after Brexit, then we could see companies from all over the UK trying to produce Cornish Pasties or Cornish Clotted Cream outside of the county without any Cornish ingredients or Cornish characteristics.

"Cornwall is famous around the world for its food and it's important that we protect our most revered products."

Following the call, Robin Walker, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, said: "The Government fully supports the UK's many traditional world-class food products, including those from Cornwall.

"We recognise the importance of protecting the name and status of high quality UK food products such as those currently registered under the Protected Food Name and Geographical Location schemes.

"We are working closely with DEFRA on this important issue and the Government is also engaging directly with food producers, actively considering how best traditional food products are protected after the UK has left the EU."

Last year, Cornwall Council started drawing up a big plan for what happens next, covering everything from fishing and farming to safeguarding tourism.

And on the agenda was how to keep Cornish foods 'Cornish'.

David Rodda from the Cornwall Development Company wants to make sure the oggies' special status stays.

He said: "Those are protected designations which means other people can't make inferior products and sell them off as Cornish. What we don't know is what happens after Brexit.

"It could be significant, yes. We make around 130 million Cornish pasties a year which are sold all around England, the UK and around the world.

"Theoretically, without any protections in place then anyone could make a Cornish pasty".

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