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The British food items protected by law

Anglesey sea salt and West Country beef and lamb have become the latest British foodstuffs to be given European Union protected food name status, an honour that guarantees their authenticity and origin.

Famous pastry: Cornish Pasties and Melton Mowbray pies were both awarded protected food name status in 2009. Credit: PA

As well as giving the food manufacturers a boost - protected food products contribute an estimated £900 million to the European economy - the title prevents copycats from beings allowed to use their name.

Bona-fide booze: Scotch whisky and Newcastle Brown Ale are among the British products awarded protected status. Credit: PA

The Scottish whisky industry, for example, is worth £4.3 billion to the country's economy and is particularly susceptible to counterfeit products.

Scottish wild salmon won protected status in December 2012, while Whitstable oysters were granted protection in 1997. Credit: PA

For some regions, being awarded protected status is another reason to celebrate their area's famous export - Whitstable oysters have been protected by Brussels for 17 years and are celebrated at the town's Oyster Festival every July.

Bramley Apples and Stilton Blue Cheese both enjoy protected status. Credit: PA

While today's latest additions to the protected status list brings the UK total to more than 60, it's not unusual for famous fare to be rejected by the EU judges.

Lincolnshire sausages and Jersey butter have both seen their applications turned down.

Lincolnshire sausages and Jersey butter both had their appeals for protected status rejected in 2012. Credit: PA

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association appealed it's rejection but was not supported by Defra, who said in 2012 that the LSA could not prove the sausages had a strong enough link to the region.

In 2012, the Birmingham Balti Association applied for the city's famous dish be given EU protected status.

Curry houses applied for the 'Birmingham Balti' to be given protected status in 2012. Credit: PA

The status, which would require chefs to cook ingredients in the same utensil as that in which the curry is served in, has not yet been granted.