UK meats gain EU protected status

By Ed Bedington

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UK meat producers are hoping to gain standing on the international stage after gaining European Union recognition for their products.

West Country Beef and Welsh Country Lamb have now been signed into the register for Protected Food Name (PFN) by the EU, which aims to protect the products authenticity and origin from imitation and fraud.

UK Farming Minister George Eustice said: "Legal protection of the quality, provenance and reputation of British food will help small businesses make a valuable economic contribution both locally and nationally. We now want to help many more UK food producers who are thinking about making an application for protected name status to get their quality produce fully recognised."

Peter Baber, chairman of Meat South West, said: "We are delighted to be awarded PGI status for West Country Beef and Lamb. We look forward to working with farmers and processors in the south-west region to market top-quality beef and lamb under the West Country PGI banner."

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