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Sausage-makers hail pie decision
A classic Lincolnshire delicacy could benefit from the Melton Mowbray pork pie's progress in becoming an officially protected food.

Makers of Lincolnshire sausages claim the product deserves recognition of its cultural and culinary status.

The High Court has ruled the government can apply to the European Commission for the pork pie to be produced solely in and around the Leicestershire town.

Those campaigning for the sausage feel the decision strengthens their case.

Recipe hunt

The Lincolnshire MEP Chris Heaton-Harris said: "Lincolnshire sausages should be made in Lincolnshire from locally sourced products.

"That's what most of the butchers in Lincolnshire want and there has been a big campaign that I have taken to Europe

"MPs have also tabled an early day motion in the house of Commons so there is lots of supporters and the pork pie ruling is good news for the campaign."

But Kenny Roberts, from Elite Meats in Lincoln, which is leading the campaign admitted the sticking point was trying to source an authentic old recipe for the sausage.

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