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Protected Food Names

Protecting Our Food Heritage

We list our most important buildings to preserve our architectural heritage. Our most important manuscripts are held under controlled conditions in the national archives or in university libraries. Valuable paintings and sculptures are carefully guarded in art galleries and museums. How can we protect our country’s and Kent’s food heritage to preserve it for all time?

Unfortunately many of our regional foods have long lost the link with the place that gave them their names, or produced on an industrial scale no longer bear much resemblance to the original recipe and contain ingredients never dreamt of in bygone years. UK law has proved virtually powerless to protect our food heritage with one or two rare examples such as High Court decision to award a Certification Trade Mark to Stilton Cheese in 1967.

Whilst at the moment we do not know what may happen to the EU protected food names programme as a result of Brexit, there is no reason why we cannot still apply for accreditations. Maybe the UK will also introduce its own programme in due course.

 European Protected Food Names

On the continent a number of European countries developed systems for protecting local foods and in particular local wines, the most notable of which is the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) of France applied to wines and in 1925 to cheeses, poultry in 1957 and to lavender oil in 1981. In 1993 the European Union introduced a Europe wide scheme of Protected Food Names PFN to protect regional foods from imitation across the EU. Three classes of protection are recognised:

Traditional Speciality Guaranteed

TSG – Traditional Speciality Guaranteed

This protects the recipe and ingredients in a product in other words how a product is made and what it is made from. TSG status is open to products which are traditional or have customary names and have a set of features which distinguish them from other similar products. These features must not be due to the geographical area the product is produced in nor entirely based on technical advances in the method of production.

protected-geographical indication

PGI – Protected Geographical Indication

In addition to protecting the recipe and ingredients, how and from what a product is made, PGI says that part of all of the production process must occur within a defined area implied by the name of the product. This is open to products which must be produced or processed or prepared within the geographical area and have a reputation, features or certain qualities attributable to that area.

Protected Designation of Origin

PDO – Protected Designation of Origin

In addition to the above, protecting recipe and ingredients, PDO says that the product must be wholly made or processed in the area and from ingredients that also originate in the area. This is open to products which are produced, processed and prepared within a particular geographical area, and with features and characteristics which must be due to the geographical area.

 

UK Protected Food Names

Follow the link to find a full list of UK registered products under the PFN Scheme. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/protected-food-name-scheme-uk-registered-products

Products available in Kent:

Totally tradition turkey logo copy (4) .co.ukTRADITIONAL FARM FRESH TURKEY

These are high welfare, quality assured, traditional and traditional free range Christmas turkeys. Traditional Farm Fresh Turkeys carry the TSG logo.

 

 EWP LOGO ARTENGLISH WINE

Made from fresh grapes grown in England and produced in UK wineries. All of the vineyards listed on the Produced in Kent website produce English wine, as opposed to British wine, which is the product of imported grapes or grape concentrate that is made into wine. English wines often carry the PDO or PGI logo.

EAST KENT GOLDINGS

“East Kent Goldings ” are hops with delicate floral aromas of lightly sweet lemon used for brewing, which are produced, processed and packaged in a defined area in East Kent. Ales made from East Kent Goldings hops will sometimes carry the PDO logo.

 

KENTISH ALE

Kentish Ale is a fermented malt based alcoholic beverage with a unique strong aroma of hops and a balanced full bitter flavour, golden brown in colour with a light creamy head when poured and an ‘alcohol by volume’ content in the range of 3.5% to 6.0%.

 

KENTISH STRONG ALE

Kentish Ale is a fermented malt based alcoholic beverage with a unique strong aroma of hops and a balanced full bitter flavour, golden brown in colour with a light creamy head when poured and an ‘alcohol by volume’ content in the range of 3.5% to 6.0%.

 

WHITSTABLE OYSTERS

The two types of oyster grown locally are the native Whitstable oyster O. edulis and the cultivated Whitstable oyster C. Gigas.

 

For more information visit the following pages:

https://www.gov.uk/protected-food-names-guidance-for-producers

http://www.ukprotectedfoods.com/protected-food-names/