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Government rejects sausage campaign

Lincolnshire sausages are not special enough to be protected Photo: ITV Central News

A seven year campaign to get the Lincolnshire sausage 'protected geographical status' has been rejected by the government.

They say there is 'no enduring link' between the product and the geographical area.

They also said the vast number of recipe variations and the fact Lincolnshire sausages have been made outside the county for more than 20 years meant the sausages didn't meet their strict criteria.

It's only the second time an application of this type has been rejected, the other being Jersey Butter.

It has been suggested that an application under the name 'Traditional Lincolnshire Sausage' might be accepted.

*Michael Sibert reports on the campaign to give the Lincolnshire sausage 'protected geographical status'. *

95 per cent of sausages sold under the 'Lincolnshire Sausage' label are made outside the county and that's something the Lincolnshire sausage association have been trying to change for 7 years without success.

*The government say they rejected the application for protected geographical status because, amongst other reasons, there was no enduring link between the product and the geographical area. *

They also said the vast number of recipe variations and the fact Lincolnshire sausages have been made outside the county for more than 20 years meant the sausages didn't meet their strict criteria.

*It's only the second time an application of this type has been rejected, the other being Jersey Butter. *

It has been suggested that an application under the name 'Traditional Lincolnshire Sausage' might be accepted.