Food: Cornwall

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th December 2017.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

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.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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.

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