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Let’s protect our Lincolnshire Pork Sausages

Over the last few years, a number of European products have been successful in achieving “protected geographic” status. From Parma Ham to Newcastle Brown Ale, they have prevented copycat production of food with a regional heritage.

Lincolnshire Sausages are made across the country but the quality and flavour vary widely. With proper control over where and how Lincolnshire Sausages are made in the future, the true qualities of Lincolnshire Sausages will be rediscovered throughout the land.

Geo Adams & Sons is a leading producer of Lincolnshire Sausages, along with many local butchers. Graham Booth, Group Technical Executive for the Geo Adams company, sent out 120 letters to butchers in Lincolnshire to establish whether there was any interest in applying for Protected Geographic status.

The key ingredients of Lincolnshire Pork Sausages should be British Pork, breadcrumbs or bread rusk, sage and natural hog casings.

The company would like to improve its understanding of the issues from local butchers and historians.

The origin of Lincolnshire Sausages.
The historical evidence that links the product to the Lincolnshire area.
Agree a specification to cover the nature of the ingredients and the appearance of the finished product.
The protection process can take several years so an early answer is unlikely. However, Graham Booth is hopeful that the claim will prove successful with the right support.