Lincolnshire Sausage Association loses appeal to get protected status

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An appeal to give protected status to Lincolnshire sausages has been turned down today (Thursday).

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association lodged an appeal with the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs in June after it decided not to give the sausages protected geographical indication.

But the association found out today its appeal had been turned down.

The bid was originally turned down in May because Defra said the Lincolnshire sausage did not have a strong enough link to the county.

It said the information provided as part of the appeal had not proved otherwise.

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association said on Twitter: “Extremely disappointed to hear that Defra have rejected our appeal again.

“Ignored all our evidence.”

No-one from the association was available to comment.

Getting the protected geographical indication would have meant that only sausages produced in the county to a certain specification could be sold under the title of “Lincolnshire sausages”.

The Mercury backed the association’s appeal and sent dozens of coupons signed by readers backing the bid to the association to submit with the appeal.

The association also got the support of thousands of people through a petition and a website survey. A song was even penned about the humble banger.

Stamford and Bourne MP Nick Boles wrote to Defra and Deepings MP John Hayes had also written to the new agricultural minister David Heath, both backing the association’s appeal - but all to no avail.