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Was the Cornish pasty invented in London?

Under EU law, only pasties made in Cornwall can be called 'Cornish pasties' Credit: ITV News

A leading food historian has claimed the Cornish pasty was actually invented in London.

Food writer Peter Brears says traditional pasties were developed by the urban middle classes around the capital - not in the West Country.

The Yorkshire-based author also claims the term 'Cornish pasty' was first coined by London-based cookery teachers.

Cornish pasty fears eased

Chewing it over: fears have eased that a new trade deal could threaten the Cornish pasty Credit: Stephen Kelly/PA Wire

Fears that the Cornish pasty could fall victim to international imposters following a new trade deal with America have been allayed.

Concerns were raised when Germany warned that the EU would not be able to uphold laws protecting regional foods under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a proposed free trade agreement with the US.

However Christian Schmidt, the German agriculture minister, later clarified his statements, stating he wanted to protect the labels. An EU spokesman confirmed that Europe would not allow existing protection for recognised products to be weakened.

The Cornish pasty has had protected status since 2011.

"Anything which allowed an American market to manufacture Cornish pasties marked as such would make a nonsense of the whole system we have here.

"Protective status has been a very positive thing for our industry here in Cornwall. We have seen a terrific increase in the consumer interest in genuine pasties, and demand is also increasing.

"I think people in Cornwall have said protective status has been a good thing."

– Ruth Huxley, Cornish Pasty Association

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Greggs banned from selling 'Cornish' pasties

Greggs banned from selling 'Cornish' pasties Credit: ITV News West Country

The bakery chain Greggs has been banned from selling its pasties as Cornish because it doesn't contain traditional ingredients.

A Cornish Pasty is made with beef, potatoes, onion and swede and the product Greggs was selling didn't.

They've also been told they can't use the label Cornish as they aren't made in the county. Greggs planned to move it's production to Cornwall but has instead decided to drop the Cornish tag.

Redruth celebrates the Cornish Pasty

Pasty festival runs until Sunday. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Cornwall's first ever Pasty Festival begins today in Redruth.

It will celebrate the origin of the pastry- said to have been created as an easy meal for miners- as well as offer such delights as pasty-flavoured crisps and brand new fillings including chilli chocolate.

It runs until Sunday.