Pork Pies

Some food producers have campaigned for years for protection for their food brands. These ensure that food produced in a certain location is protected from counterfeit copies of the brand. Parma Ham for example has to be made in a certain part of Italy, with particular pigs treated in a particular way in order to get the proper certification. Similarly, foods like Arbroath Smokies, Cornish Pasties and Herefordshire Cider (perhaps made with apples from Canon Pyon farm) are created in certain locations using specific methods.

There are 2 types of protection:

PGI: Protected Geographical Indication
PDO: Protected Designation of Origin

Protected Geographical Indication
The PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) mark designates a product originating in a specific place, region or country whose given quality, reputation or other characteristic is essentially attributable to its geographical origin and at least one of the production steps of which takes place in the defined geographical area.

Protected Designation of Origin.
 The PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) mark identifies a product originating in a specific place, region or country, whose quality or characteristics are essentially or exclusively due to a particular geographical environment with its inherent natural (raw materials, environmental characteristics, location) and human (traditional and artisanal production) factors the production, processing and preparation steps of which all take place in the defined geographical area and in line with the strict production regulations established.

There is a list of UK foods with this designation here.

Here are details of the scheme as regards the whole EU.
There will be a lot of familiar foods here.

Over the last few days, Pork Pies have also been in the news a little.

Jonathan Agnew mentioned pork pies as he commentated on the amazing final Engand Innings in the 3rd Ashes test which you may have heard about on the news.

Boris Johnson also waded into the Pork Pie row by suggesting (erroneously it seems) that after No Deal Brexit, Melton Mowbray Pork Pies could be exported to more countries than they currently are.
The thing is, that if there is a No Deal Brexit then this will just be one of thousands of seemingly small bits of legislation which will start to have a huge knock on effect on people's lives, including the producers of these foods of course. They are made from imported ingredients very often, or with a sourcing supply chain which will be subject to disruption.

There are plans for a UK based replacement for the scheme.
Presumably all those foods already protected will be given the same protections by default and have instant protection to the same standard? It's been discussed for some time.

Will this mean we have Crotian Cornish Pasties or a bold new future where we can export huge amounts of what are very seasonal and low volume products such as Shetland Lamb to make up for all the other lost food imports and exports...

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