Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

23 NOV 2012

Newmarket Sausage gets protected status

Newmarket Sausage was recently awarded protected geographical indication status by the European Commission. This status recognises that only sausage made in a strict area surrounding Newmarket, using high quality cuts of pork, can be labelled as Newmarket Sausage. It is the 50th British product to receive this designation.

Being awarded this status will help protect the quality and the tradition of this great British product from the East of England. It will also encourage growth and investment in the rural economy through promotion of Newmarket Sausages as a guaranteed product. The consumer can also take comfort in the quality assurance that will come with the name Newmarket Sausage.

MEPs from the East of England congratulated the Newmarket Sausage Association and its producers on its new status.

MEP Robert Sturdy said: "This designation will allow a great regional product to be recognised and protected all over the world. It will promote further investment and tourism in the area around Newmarket and the East of England."

MEP Vicky Ford said: "I hope that people will come to Newmarket for a plate of splendid sausages as well as the races."

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