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Cornish Pasties Official At Last

Cornish Pasties Official At Last
The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA) is celebrating after receiving Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for its world famous pasty.
 
The decision from the European Commission means that from now only Cornish pasties made in Cornwall and following the traditional recipe can be called ‘Cornish pasties’.  
 
The CPA submitted the application for PGI in 2002 to protect the quality and reputation of the Cornish pasty and to ensure that only Cornish bakers who make genuine Cornish pasties use this denomination when selling and marketing their produce.  Authentic Cornish pasties can still be baked elsewhere in the country but they will need to be prepared in Cornwall.
 
David Rodda from the Cornwall Development Company and spokesperson for the CPA, comments: “Receiving protected status for the Cornish pasty is good news for consumers but also for the rural economy. By protecting our regional food heritage, we are protecting local jobs. Thousands of people in Cornwall are involved in the pasty industry, from farmers to producers, and it’s important that the product’s quality is protected for future generations.”  
 
Alan Adler, Chairman of the CPA adds: “By guaranteeing the quality of the Cornish pasty, we are helping to protect our British food legacy. We lag far behind other European countries like France and Italy, that have hundreds of food products protected, and it’s important that we value our foods just as much. Today’s announcement does not stop other producers from making other type of pasties but they won’t be able to sell them as ‘Cornish’.”
 
A genuine Cornish pasty has a distinctive ‘D’ shape and is crimped on one side, never on top.  The texture of the filling is chunky, made up of uncooked minced or roughly cut chunks of beef (not less than 12.5%), swede, potato, onion with a light seasoning. The pastry casing is golden in colour, savoury, glazed with milk or egg and robust enough to retain its shape throughout the cooking and cooling process without splitting or cracking.  The pasty is slow-baked and no artificial flavourings or additives must be used.  It must also be made in Cornwall.  
 
To celebrate the heritage of the Cornish pasty the CPA  is launching a book, The Little Book of the Pasty, which will be available in stores next month.
 
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