To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure Cornish pasties retain European Protected Status.
I have held meetings with the Cornish Pasty Producers Association to discuss EU protected food names, including the Cornish pasty.
The Government is planning to use the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to transfer into domestic law the EU schemes that currently protect Cornish pasties and all our geographical indications (GIs). This will ensure that UK GIs remain protected in the UK after we leave the EU.
Future protection for current UK GIs in EU Member States, and for EU GIs in the UK, will be subject to negotiations with the EU.