September 25, 2012 10.15 am This story is over 138 months old

Online survey backs Lincolnshire Sausage bid

Sausage survey: A survey has proven people associate Lincolnshire Sausages with the county and expect the banger to be produced here.

An online survey has shown huge support for the Lincolnshire Sausage to be produced only in the county, further cementing the banger’s bid to be protected.

The survey, posted on Sausage Fans, asked the question “Where would you expect your Lincolnshire sausages to be made?” and pulled in thousands of votes.

Only 25 people believe it should be made anywhere in the world and 48 keeping it just within Europe, while 118 people felt it ought to remain produced in just the UK.

However, the winning result was that the Lincolnshire Sausage should only be made in Lincolnshire, with an overwhelming 10,158 Votes.

This means 99% of voters wish to see the county-brand banger made in just Lincolnshire.

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association (LSA) hopes both the survey and the new ministers in DEFRA will lead to a reverse in the decision not to award the sausage PGI status.

DEFRA originally said it declined the application due to many variations of the recipe made outside the county, it has potential to put too many jobs at risk.

The LSA are hoping local politicians and others will get involved in the campaign as well as residents.

Chair of the Association Janet Godfrey said: “In its rejection of our initial application for Protected Geographical Indication for the Lincolnshire Sausage, Defra stated that we had not demonstrated a link between the product and the geographical area.

“Defra felt that we had provided insufficient evidence to show that the name Lincolnshire Sausage had not become generic.

“The 99% of over ten thousand respondents who stated that they believe that Lincolnshire Sausages should be made in Lincolnshire clearly demonstrates that the nation associates Lincolnshire Sausages with Lincolnshire and expects Lincolnshire Sausages to be made in Lincolnshire so the name is therefore not generic.”

A true Lincolnshire sausage is at least 70% pork meat, coarsely cut and mixed with rusk breadcrumbs and sage, packed in natural casings.