'Don’t STEAL our Cornish pasties' Brexit battle on to protect Brit foods from Brussels

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HANDS OFF: Foodies are worried about Cornish pasties

Bosses warn that cheap foreign imports could replace Brit favourites if they are not given special protection after Brexit.

Cornish pasties, Cumberland sausages and Melton Mowbray pork pies are just some of the foods currently protected by the European Union that could be replaced.

As many as 76 traditional British food and drink items are currently protected by the EU.

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ROYAL APPROVAL: Cornish pasties are a national dish

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STAPLE: Melton Mowbray pork pies could also be under threat

“It would be very damaging to leave these schemes”

Matthew O’Callaghan, the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association

Cornish pasties must be “D-shaped” and contain swede while pork pies must contain at least 30% meat, according to The Times.

The regulations also protect Stornoway black pudding, Fenland celery, Cumberland sausages and Whitstable oysters.

It is understood that British officials want the current agreement to continue and that they are looking to see if speciality recipes can be protected using trademark regulations.

Matthew O’Callaghan, of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association, called for a swift resolution.

He said: “It would be very damaging to leave these schemes.

“Most important for us is the issue of copying within the UK. It is the EU that has saved a lot of British food heritage.”

Helen Munday, chief scientific officer at the Food and Drink Federation, said: “The key thing is that the specifications rooted in the EU regulations and therefore it needs to be brought over into UK law, and unless you make an effort to do that it will become null and void for the UK.

“Someone has to put the effort in. There is significant work to be done.”

A statement from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs said: “These products are extremely important to our reputation as a great food nation and we will work to ensure they continue to benefit from protection.”

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