Lincolnshire Sausage Association lodges appeal with Defra for protected status

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THE Lincolnshire Sausage Association has lodged its appeal today (Friday) against Defra’s decision to refuse protected status.

The Mercury backed the association’s appeal after the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs refused its bid for Protected Geographical Indication, which would mean only sausages in this county and to a certain specification could be sold under the title of “Lincolnshire sausages”.

Chairman of the association Janet Godfrey said: “We have presented fresh evidence to reinforce our view that there is indeed a link between our famous sausage and the county and that in the minds of the public this is the case as well.”

A survey on the website www.sausagefans.co.uk had more than 2,000 responses and 98 per cent of the respondents said they expected sausages to be produced in this county. A petition gathered more than 1,000 signatures supporting the appeal.

The appeal was also backed by Stamford and Bourne MP Nick Boles.

Mrs Godfrey added: “We do not believe that Defra has considered our application in the same manner as they have for Melton Mowbray Pork Pies, Newmarket sausages or Cornish Pasties.

“We are sad and disappointed with the Defra response, have submitted our appeal and are taking legal advice as to our next steps.

“We are also asking lovers of the Lincolnshire Sausage to support our fundraising appeal to protect the sausage.”

To find out more visit www.lincolnshiresausages.co.uk