Famous British foods gain protected status

Anglesey sea salt and West Country beef and lamb have joined the ranks of some of the UK's most famous foods such as Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pies by securing protected status.

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British salt and beef granted protected status

Anglesey sea salt and West Country beef and lamb have been awarded European Union protected food name status.

The sea salt is sourced harvested in the Menai Strait in Anglesey Credit: PA

The status guarantees authenticity and origin and prevents imitation products from using their name.

Food name status will protect West Country lamb and beef. Credit: ITV News West Country

Family business Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt predicted that being awarded the status will allow it to increase its workforce by 25% this year.

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Protected foods 'bring £900 million to economy'

Protected food products in the UK contribute an estimated £900 million to the European economy, and the government is keen to encourage more food producers across the UK to apply for the special status. Farming Minister George Eustice said:

Exceeding the 60th registration is an achievement to be proud of. Legal protection of the quality, provenance and reputation of British food will help small businesses make a valuable economic contribution both locally and nationally.

We now want to help many more UK food producers who are thinking about making an application for protected name status to get their quality produce fully recognised.

UK foods gain protected status

West Country beef and lamb, and Anglesey sea salt have joined the ranks of some of the UK's most famous foods such as Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pies by gaining protected status.

West Country beef and lamb are now protected under EU rules. Credit: Press Association

The foods have been awarded European Union protected food name status, which guarantees their authenticity and origin and prevents imitation products from using their name.

The latest awards bring the total of UK products which are protected to more than 60, including Cornish clotted cream, Whitstable oysters and Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

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