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Oggy Oggy! The Cornish Pasty receives EU protected status after nine-year wait

Tuesday, 22 February 2011
After a long, nine-year wait, the distinctive and delicious Cornish Pasty (an Oggy in local dialect) has received protected status after receiving final approval from the European Commission.

A 'proper job' Steak Cornish Pasty (Image: properpasty.co.uk)The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) submitted their application to DEFRA for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the Cornish Pasty back in 2002 to protect the quality and reputation of the Cornish pasty, and thanks to today’s decision from the European Commission only Cornish pasties made in Cornwall and following the traditional recipe can be called and marketed as 'Cornish pasties'.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Cornish culinary speciality, which is traditionally thought to have been invented to be lunch for the many Cornish tin miners who were unable to return to the surface to eat when the mines used to operate, a genuine Cornish pasty has a distinctive 'D' shape and is crimped on one side, never on top.

The texture of the filling is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato, onion with a light seasoning.

The pastry casing is golden in colour, savoury, glazed with milk or egg and robust enough to retain its shape throughout the cooking and cooling process without splitting or cracking. The pasty is slow-baked and no artificial flavourings or additives must be used.

It now must also be made in Cornwall.

South West MEP Graham Watson, who has actively supported the CPA's PGI application and even took a platter of Cornish Pasties to Brussels last year to give the European Parliament a taste of the Westcountry, was delighted at the news. Quoted by Atlantic FM, he said: "The Cornish pasty is steeped in hundreds of years of history and tradition, enshrined in the backbone of the county's heritage. I am delighted that it now received protected regional status. This will not only ensure that its recipe will remain secured, but the decision can give the local economy a great boost."

Fellow South West MEP Julie Girling, said this was excellent news all round. “It is really great news to hear that the Cornish Pasty has received the PGI status, as it not only helps to ensure products from our region get the recognition they deserve, but that the local Cornish Pasty industry can continue to thrive," she said.

Alan Adler, Chairman of the CPA, was similarly pleased with the decision this morning and said by guaranteeing the quality of the Cornish pasty, “we are helping to protect our British food legacy.

The Cornish pasty has now joined another 42 British protected products including Cornish Clotted Cream, Melton Mowbray pork pies and Arbroath Smokies, that have been awarded EU protected status.


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