Saturday, February 18, 2006

Food detective: Pork pies

The Times, Food & Drink

By Sheila Keating

Pork pies have been in the news with the continuing fight between the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association and Northern Foods. In December, the champions of the Melton Mowbray pie were given the go-ahead by the High Court to apply to the EU for Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, which would mean that only pies made to strict specifications within a designated area could carry the name. The court’s decision quashed a protest from Leeds-based Northern Foods, which supplies own-label pies to supermarkets and is vowing to take the case to the Court of Appeal. Its view is that Melton Mowbray has become a generic name for a pie of a certain quality, irrespective of where it is made.
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