Cornish Pasty Protected By EU Law

One of Scilly’s MEPs, Julie Girling, has welcomed a move giving Cornish Pasties a coveted place on the list of Europe’s regional foods whose names are protected from imitation.

From now on only pasties made in the county or Scilly can claim to be “Cornish pasties”.

It’s the latest addition to the roll call of foodstuffs from around Europe granted the EU status of Protected Geographical Indication, and which include Melton Mowbray pork pies and Parma ham.

Technically Cornwall doesn’t include Scilly as we’re a separate local authority area but Alan Adler of the Cornish Pasty Association, who worked on the EU ruling, told Radio Scilly in March they consider Scilly to be Cornwall for pasty purposes.