An appeal for the protective status of the Lincolnshire sausage has been denied for not proving an 'enduring link' with the county.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has rejected an appeal by the Lincolnshire Sausage Association to grant protective geographical indication (PGI) status for the delicacy.
PGI status would mean the Lincolnshire sausage can only be produced within the county by local butchers, to a specific recipe.
The original bid was rejected because the Lincolnshire sausage did not have a strong enough link to Lincolnshire and Defra has judged the appeal not to have proved otherwise.
Food and Farming Minister David Heath said: “We fully support protecting the local heritage of certain foods through PGI status.
"But to be eligible products must have an enduring link with a specific area.
"The evidence provided by the Lincolnshire Sausage Association did not demonstrate this and the new information provided in its appeal has not persuaded us to change our decision to reject the application.
“We remain open to looking at other options which would allow producers in Lincolnshire to highlight the traditional and local nature of their sausages.”
PGI status was first turned down in May and the appeal was lodged in June.