The British food items protected by law

UK cuisine may not be as celebrated as other countries' gourmet offerings - but more than 60 British foods can now claim protected status.

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Anglesey sea salt's new status 'will protect its name'

by Ian Lang

A Welsh family business that started 18 years ago has been awarded one of the highest accolades in the European culinary world - a protected food name status.

The people behind Anglesey sea salt were honoured at a special event in London today as their product joined the likes of Welsh lamb and Stilton cheese.

The move comes after foreign companies were found to be selling something falsely claiming to be Anglesey sea salt.


Anglesey salt company founder: 'Persistence pays'

David Lea-Wilson is the joint owner and founder of the Anglesey Sea Salt company. He told ITV News that finally securing protected status for Anglesey salt felt like a 'coming of age'.

"This is our 18th year.. and it is recognising that Anglesey means something in Europe. We're certifying that you're buying a bit of Anglesey; a bit of passionate workforce," he said.

"There have been ups and downs - and a lot of banging on doors that shut in our faces. But persistence pays."

Halen Mon Anglesey sea salt awarded protected status

The sea salt is harvested in the Menai Strait in Anglesey

Anglesey sea salt has joined the ranks of some of the UK's most famous foods, such as Stilton cheese and Melton Mowbray pies, by securing protected status.

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

Protected food products in the UK contribute an estimated £900 million to the European economy, and the Government is keen to encourage more applications for protected status.

The founders of Halen Mon say they are delighted to secure protected status for their product

The protected food name status will help family business Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt increase its workforce by 25% this year, it predicts.

The company says it's delighted to secure "protected designation of origin" (PDO) as it joins other protected Welsh products such as Welsh lamb and beef and Pembrokeshire early potatoes.

Halen Mon exports to 20 countries and partners around the world.


WI members start centenary party in Anglesey

Centenary celebrations got underway today for WI members, as the specially designed centenary baton officially began its journey around the UK.

The baton launched in Anglesey, where the first WI meeting was held in the UK in 1915, and will travel throughout the 69 federations in England, Wales and the Islands to celebrate the links of friendship and community developed through the WI.

It will finish its trip at the Annual Meeting in June 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Thousands of homes without power in north Wales

Gale forces winds have brought down electricity cables leading to power cuts. Credit: PA

Engineers are trying to restore the power to around 7,000 homes in Gwynedd and Anglesey today after severe gales forced down power lines.

Scottish Power says wind speeds of over 100mph have been recorded in Gwynedd, Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula and 10,000 homes are without power across the network area.

The energy company says the biggest issue affecting the electricity network has been uprooted trees and other debris blown on to overhead power lines, which has caused damage and brought down lines in some areas.

It says storm force winds are predicted to remain for most of the day causing hazardous working conditions and hampering the recovery operation.

The areas worst affected by electricity supply problems currently are Gwynedd (2,500) and Anglesey (4,500).

ScottishPower says it has cancelled all non-essential maintenance work, and has drafted in extra engineers and contractors in order to help with the emergency response.

The company will do all that it can to restore supplies as quickly as possible. However, a number of roads and bridges have been blocked and closed by fallen trees which could restrict access and where wind speeds remain high engineers will not be able to climb poles and work at height.

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