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The Cornish Pasty gets EU protected status but big-name bakers win concessions to continue using the name until 2014

Wednesday, 27 July 2011
'Real Cornish, not Cornish-ish' poster (Photo: Ginsters)The regulation granting the Cornish Pasty EU protected status has this week been published in the Official Journal of the European Union and will thus soon take effect, but major brand-name bakers Greggs and Pukka Pies have remarkably won concessions to continue labelling their imitations as Cornish Pasties for three more years.

As a result of Commission Implementing Regulation No. 717/2011, only pasties made in Cornwall according to the traditional recipe will be allowed to be marketed as Cornish pasties.

The decision to award the savoury delicacy EU protected status was rubber-stamped back in February, but the regulation published in the Official Journal on 23rd July will now come into effect in all Member States across the European Union on August 12th, 20 days after its publication.

The regulation text reveals that following a request received by the UK authorities, a number of bakers and wholesale producers “may, however, continue to use that name for a period of three years from the date of entry into force of this regulation”.

These include high-street bakery chain Greggs as well as Pukka Pies, Pork Farms, Northern Foods, Peter’s Food Service, Kerry Group, and Shire Foods – the latter of who market a “Traditional Large Cornish Pastyon their website with the incorrect crimping.

Traditionally believed to have been invented as lunch for the many Cornish tin miners unable to return to the surface to eat when the mines used to operate, the Cornish delicacy has a distinctive 'D' shape and is crimped on the side, never on top.

Inside, the filling comprises of minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato, and onion with a light seasoning. The pastry casing must be golden in colour, savoury, glazed with milk or egg and be robust enough to retain its shape throughout the cooking and cooling process without splitting or cracking. The pasty should be slow-baked and no artificial flavourings or additives must be used.

Thanks to this move by the EU, non-Cornish makers of 'Cornish' pasties will now have to drop the word 'Cornish' or be in breach of place-of-origin food rules first introduced back in 1992.

UPDATE 06/08 - 14.29:

Two of our region's MEPs have been quoted reacting to this welcome news in national and local media this week. Conservative MEP Julie Girling was quoted in the Express and said" “It’s a great day for Cornwall and a great day for Cornish pasties. Local food producers have been fighting for this day for nine years. Now Cornish pasties are where they deserve to be – on a par with champagne and Parma ham.” Meanwhile, speaking in local media, Liberal Democrat MEP Sir Graham Watson said the decision meant the recipe would now be "secured".

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
even some cornish bakers can't call the pasties 'cornish' now because of the crimping issue. This was pushed through by the big bucks of ginsters and has nothing to do with the actual bakers and cornish traditions.

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