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Town aims for pork pie 'justice'
Melton Mowbray pork pie
Melton pies use special ingredients and are cooked a certain way
A campaign has begun to protect the name of the famous Melton Mowbray pork pie.

Pie makers and politicians started a petition in Melton Mowbray last week calling for a ban on pies made outside the town using its name.

They say the campaign has taken off with more than 3,000 people signing up in just five days.

Now they are taking their case to the government to call for a change in the law.

Identity crisis

Stephen Hallam, from Dickinson and Morris Pork Pies in Melton said they wanted to follow the example of other producers of strongly-branded food.

What makes a Melton pie?
Baked without support
Uncured pork is used
Made in Melton Mowbray area
"The Melton Mowbray pork pie should refer to the style of pie in the area from which is comes.

"There is so much confusion out there. If you go and buy some Stilton cheese it must come from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire or Leicestershire.

"By law it cannot come from anywhere else in the world - the other classical example is Champagne."

Pork pie passion

Members of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association have been campaigning for four and a half years to get a law introduced.

The petition is part of their final push before submitting their case to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs later this year.

Mr Hallam added: "We have nothing against pork pies in general, it is just if these two words Melton Mowbray are attached to it where we become a little bit passionate.

"A Melton Mowbray pie is a specific style of pie.

"If we aren't passionate about this then nobody is going to be.

"We have just got to get on and do it."

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