Brexit claims its latest victim - pork pies


Just when you thought Brexit seriously couldn't get any worse, the news breaks.

Pork pies are in danger. Yes, you read that correctly. The nation's favourite snack is Brexit's latest victim.

Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson, sits in the drivers seat of a Ginetta sports car during his visit to the Ginetta factory in Garforth, West Yorkshire, as part of his tour on the Vote Leave campaign bus.

Pork pie producers are worried that the EU Protected Foods Name Scheme, which protects the Melton Mowbray pork pie brand, could cease to apply to British companies in a post-Brexit world.

Cornish clotted cream, Jersey Royal potatoes and Welsh beef are also among the 73 UK Protected Food Names which are worth a combined £1 billion.

A photo of a cow.

Matthew O'Callaghan, who chairs the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association and also leads the UK Protected Food Names (PFN) Association, said producers are "very concerned" as uncertainties around the Brexit vote continue.

He said: "We have some very worried members, and there's a lot of concern about what happens now.

"We will need specific legislation to protect iconic products in the UK and if we want to protect them in the EU, and my fear is that it's going to get lost in everything else that's being discussed."

Matthew O'Callaghan, a Leicestershire County Councillor, holds a Melton Mowbray pork pie, outside the High Court in Central London.

Francis Clarke, the managing director of the family-run Trewithen Dairy, whose products include Cornish clotted cream, said the protected name status was worth £4 million of turnover to the company.

Mr Clarke said: "It's certainly something that our customers value and it sets us apart from others.

"We would be very keen to support a British organisation to protect this."

Environment Secretary Liz Truss has announced she wants to use British law to protect food and drink from across the country after Brexit and has told MPs that she is keen to develop a "British protected food name status" as a replacement for the EU scheme currently in operation.