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Sausage campaign goes to Downing Street

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: May 07, 2009

Lincoln MP Gillian Merron presenting Lincolnshire sausages to the then Chancellor Gordon Brown in 2006.

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A campaign to protect the identity of the Lincolnshire sausage has been taken to Downing Street.

Lobbyists have submitted a petition to Number 10 in a bid to safeguard the recipe of the county's favourite banger.

The petition calls for the Prime Minister to "support Protected Geographical Indication status for Lincolnshire Sausages".

The aim is to make sure only an approved recipe can be made by county producers, meaning a boost for local traders.

It has been put forward by Janet Godfrey of the Lincolnshire Sausage Association.

She said: "PGI status for Lincolnshire sausages would mean that they could only be manufactured in the historic county of Lincolnshire according to the specified criteria.

"This would support the numerous small producers that we have in the county and prevent inferior products from reaching the market."

Supporters will be able to sign the petition online until November 6.

The call for support follows a five year fight started by the Echo to protect the Lincolnshire sausage by European law.

Since the Save Our Sausages campaign began, MPs and Ministers have given their backing to the campaign – including Mr Brown himself who tucked into a breakfast of Lincolnshire sausages on Budget day when he was Chancellor.

Campaigner and butcher at Lincoln's Elite Meats Kenny Roberts said: "We're hopeful that if we get the Prime Minister's support it might help sway Defra to make the decision we're all after.

"I'll be putting up signs in the shop and letting people know about it when they come here, so there is a good chance we'll get a lot of support."

For more on the petition and the sausage campaign, see Thursday's Echo.

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    L B Shaw, Ruskington  |  August 07 2009, 9:14AM

    We have been caravanning for 40 years now and we have tried sausages from the different counties as we have travelled over the years and we have found that the best sausage we have ever had is produced in Lincolnshire, it is for us the best you can buy. we also think it is unique in its taste and texture and should have only the name of Lincolnshire sausage if it is produced in this county from the ingredients sourced from this county.

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    Paul, Lincoln  |  May 07 2009, 4:01PM

    Couldn't agree more with M C Donald about Kenny's bangers - consistently fantastic and the bulk buying price is great, too.

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    Tom.., Lincoln.  |  May 07 2009, 11:18AM

    I couldn`t give a monkey`s. I`ve eaten them all my life, and sorry boys, the best Lincolnshire I have had in my life I get from a chap just outside Ross-On-Wye when I`m down there. If he couldn`t call them Lincolnshire anymore, they would still be the same, they would still be the best for me, and I would still be buying them along with the locals...

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    M C Donald, Lincolnshire  |  May 07 2009, 10:34AM

    A side from politicians leaping on bandwagons claiming kudos and photo ops from no little or no input from them selves. I can't understand why geographic status wasn't granted to Lincolnshire sausages on the grounds that the recipe could be replicated anywhere. Surely that argument can be made of Melton Mowbray Pork Pies or Stilton Cheese both of which have the status sought for the Lincolnshire Sausage. By the way, Kenny makes cracking bangers.

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    MARC, Lincoln  |  May 07 2009, 9:56AM

    Good to see Ms Merron still working hard for Lincolnshire ........ : }

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    W.Wilkins, Lincoln  |  May 07 2009, 8:51AM

    YES!.Just because you dont class it as important, it might interest others.

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    John Green, Lincoln  |  May 07 2009, 8:05AM

    Once again the Echo is at the forefront of exciting topical news. What column mileage has been achieved by the continuous revamping of the same old story. Is this really the kind of "news" people want to read?

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    W.Wilkins, Lincoln  |  May 07 2009, 6:51AM

    They will get no resolve, help or answers from Mr Brown. Anyone who saw him in the house answering questions this week knows that. That was certainly a man with no answers i saw, or backbone for that matter. How both him and merron can both stand there in the photo grinning like that is beyond me.