Lincolnshire sausage campaigners in 3rd attempt to protect county banger

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association decided at a meeting on Thursday to apply for the third time for protected geographical status for the county banger.

The association’s initial application and a later appeal have been turned down by Defra last year.

Now, the association will apply for PGI for the Traditional Lincolnshire Sausage, a suggestion which Defra said would be looked upon favourably.

However, the association says this is not ideal because they would need to invest more in marketing to ensure that consumers understand the difference between a Lincolnshire Sausage and a Traditional Lincolnshire Sausage.

Janet Godfrey is chair of the Lincolnshire Sausage Association

Janet Godfrey, chair of the Lincolnshire Sausage Association, said: “We discussed the various options open to us, including abandoning the quest, which was not a popular choice. We finally reluctantly decided to do what Defra and the Minister have suggested and reapply for Protection for Traditional Lincolnshire Sausages.

“We will have to tweak the original application but the only difference will be that we hopefully will have no objections and the application will go relatively quickly — a minimum of 2 years.

“If successful, we will then have to hold a massive publicity campaign to make sure that the consumer and general public understand the difference between a Traditional Lincolnshire Sausage and a Lincolnshire Sausage, which will still be able to be made anywhere in Europe to any recipe or specification that a manufacturer desires.”