Lincolnshire Sausage Association


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Open Meeting to Discuss the Future of the Lincolnshire Sausage
14th January 2013

Participants at the Open meeting to discuss the future of the Lincolnshire Sausage last week reluctantly agreed to reapply for PGI status for the "Traditional Lincolnshire Sausage" in the hope that one day they may acheive it for the "Lincolnshire Sausage". This will go ahead on the advice of Defra's Food Policy Unit which has declared an unwillingness to defend the original application against possible further objections.

Minutes of the Meeting

Defra Turn LSA Appeal Down
18th October 2012

Having submitted our appeal against Defra's decision to reject our application for Protected Geographical Indication for Lincolnshire Sausages in June, Defra have finally decided to reject our application once again, in spite of overwhelming public opinion that Lincolnshire sausages are associated with the county of Lincolnshire.

Defra's Decision Letter

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association cannot understand the reasoning behind Defra's decision, especially when the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie, the Newmarket Sausage and the Cornish Pasty have all been accepted. None of the reasons behind their rejection appear to be valid.

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association will be holding an Open Meeting early in the New Year for members and interested parties to decide on our next course of action. Details will be published on this website.

In the meantime, the LSA thank all of our supporters for their continued interest and support.

Overwhelming Support
25th September 2012

The campaign to protect the Lincolnshire sausage gets a boost from an online survey which shows overwhelming support for the sausage to be produced in Lincolnshire. Over 10,000 people have completed a survey on the www.sausagefans.co.uk website responding to the question "Where would you expect your Lincolnshire sausages to be made?" This amounts to an overwhelming 99% of respondents in support of the Lincolnshire Sausage being made in Lincolnshire.

Given this new information and the fact that there are new ministers in Defra this appears to be an opportune time to lobby them to reverse their decision not to award protection for the Lincolnshire Sausage and for local politicians MP's MEP, Councilors and others to get involved.

Fund Raising
16th June 2012

We are currently raising funds to cover the legal costs of fighting for PGI status following Defra's rejection of our application.
If you would like to support us financially, please send a cheque payable to 'Lincolnshire Sausage Association Ltd' to

Lincolnshire Sausage Association Ltd
c/o RJ & AE Godfrey
Wootton Road,
Elsham Top
Brigg
North Lincolnshire
DN20 0NU

All donations gratefully received.

Lincolnshire Sausage Association Lodges Appeal
15th June 2012

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association has lodged its appeal against Defra's decision to reject its application for Protected Geographical Indication for the Lincolnshire Sausage.

The appeal is based on new evidence, inconsistency with precedents, insufficient consideration of the LSA's evidence, the LSA's view that Defra has been insufficiently critical of the objectors' evidence, there has been disproportionate weighting given to the objectors' evidence and improper process.

Full Press Release

Lincolnshire Sausage Petition is Snowballing

Please show your support by signing our Petiton at www.change.org

Appeal is Gathering Pace

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association's Appeal against Defra's decision to reject their application for Protected Geographical Indication for the Lincolnshire Sausage is gathering pace. The Association has made legal consultations and is amassing evidence to support its appeal.

A new survey is being conducted on the public's perception of where the Lincolnshire sausage should be made, one of the aspects of the application that Defra queried.

MEPs and MPs across the county have been up in arms and writing to Defra to question their decision and support the Lincolnshire Sausage. The local media are also running campaigns to support the Association in its quest.

Lincolnshire Sausage makers are raising funds for further legal fees, but if anyone wishes to support the cause, cheques may be made to the 'Lincolnshire Sausage Association' and sent to our office c/o RJ & AE Godfrey, Wootton Road, Elsham Top, Brigg, North Lincolnshire DN20 0NU

If you feel moved to act in our support, then please write to Jim Paice at Defra and tell him what you think!

The Ruffs Sausage Protest Song

The Ruffs protest against the outrageous decision by DEFRA not to give the Lincolnshire Sausage Protected Status. Find More at www.abitofruff.com and follow on twitter @abitofruff

Defra Finally Comes Down Against Us
17th May 2012

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association is devastated to learn that Defra has rejected ISP application for Protected Geographical Indication for the Lincolnshire Sausage.

The LSA has spent a considerable amount of time and effort into making sure the application complied with the requirements of the articles and feel that insufficient account has been taken of all the evidence provided. Too much emphasis has been placed on the recipe rather than the method of production. In particular, no account seemed to have been taken of the coarseness of the mincing process which gives the true Lincolnshire sausage its bite and too much has been made of the 'predominance of sage'.

It appears that Defra has capitulated to large scale commercial producers, some of whom openly admit to putting no meat into their product. What a pity, at a time when Jim Paice is leading a delegation to China to promote our pork products to them, that he could not support one of Britain's most iconic products, namely the Lincolnshire Sausage.

The LSA does not believe that Defra has taken sufficient account of the strong support of the Lincolnshire people. Too much credence has been placed on the objectors' claims, many of which were accredited to unnamed producers who had not objected to our application. Defra has failed to recognise the damage that so-called 'Lincolnshire Sausage' made by large manufacturers outside of the count is doing to the reputation of the genuine article.

Support for this application from Defra would have helped to boost well over 150 small to medium enterprises in Lincolnshire - not just butchers but tourism in the county.

We are sad and disappointed with this response and will be taking legal advice as to our next steps. We have only 10 working days to respond so we must act quickly.

Defra Decision Letter

Lincolnshire waits..................

An announcement from Defra on the Lincolnshire Sausages Association's application for Protected Geographical Indication is imminent we are told.

Full Press Release

Lincolnshire Sausage Festival
29th October 2011

The BIG Tastes of Lincolnshire Sausage Festival will take place on Saturday 29th October within the grounds of Lincoln Castle and Castle Square, 10am to 4pm.

Now in its ninth year, the Lincolnshire Sausage Festival is a firm favourite on the events calendar and celebrates a most famous county export – the Lincolnshire Sausage, with award winning food stalls and free entertainment for all the family.

For more information click here

Countryfile
16th October 2011

Lincolnshire sausages featured on BBC Countryfile this week. We have been promised some action on our application for PGI status in the very near future, so still wiaing but keep your fingers crossed.

Post Card Campaign
17th November 2010

Please help us to elicit a response from the minister, Jim Paice, by supporting our application for Protected Geographic Indication for Lincolnshire Sausages through a post card to the minister.
All you need to do is add your name and address and ask the minister to 'support PGI for Lincolsnhire Sausages' and then post to:

James Paice MP
House of Commons,
Westminster,
London SW1A 0AA.

Alternatively, you could e-mail him at: paicejet@parliament.uk

Once again we thank you for your support.

Congratulations Lucy!
1st November 2010

Well done to Lucy Hubbert who had the nearest estimate for the number of sausages that it woul take to go round the LincolnCastle Battlements.

The correct answer (based on 60cm sausages) was 10,060. Lucy was only 50 out at 10,010.
Grasmere Farms will be contacting you to arrange delivery of your prize of £50 worth of Lincolnshire Sausages.

Lincolnshire Sausage Festival
31st October 2010

The crowds turned out in force at this year's Lincoln Sausage Festival and enjoyed the best sunshine and sausages that Lincolnshire can offer.

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association challenged members of the public to estimate the number of sausages that would be required to circle the Castle's Battlements and they bravely took up the task. Some carefully calculated what they thought the number might be and others just took wild guesses! The winner of the competition will be the nearest one to the correct number and will recieve £50 worth of Grasmere Farm's sausages. We will be announcing the result shortly so watch this space...............

Taxes Flowing In
13th September 2010

We have reached our first £1000 in our quest to raise sufficient monies to seek legal advice, thanks to donations received from butchers around the county.

We have also received support from Mark Simmonds MP for Boston and Skegness who said, "As a local MP and PPS to Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for DEFRA, I am delighted to be able to offer my support to this worthwhile campaign. Both myself and my children greatly enjoy Lincolnshire Sausages and we would not like to see them come under threat from inferior imitations".

We are delighted to welcome two new members to our committee - Ray Sellars, councillor for Nettleham & Saxilby Division and our very own Chop Idol, Jim Sutcliffe.

Lincolnshire Sausage Tax (Voluntary)
30th July 2010

Customers of butchers throughout Lincolnshire are being asked to contribute 5p each time they buy Lincolnshire Sausages. This voluntary 'Sausage Tax' is to build a fighting fund, including legal advice, for the application to protect the Lincolnshire Sausage. The Lincolnshire Sausage Association which has launched the initiative has also written to all the new MP's for the County as well as the new ministers at Defra, Secretary of State Caroline Spelman and Food Minister Jim Paice.

The application to protect the Lincolnshire Sausage, launched 6 years ago, has reached a critical stage in that Defra must now decide whether or not to forward the application to the European Commission. Only a handful of companies have objected to the application, mostly large scale food producers and a company which doesn't even use pork in its 'Lincolnshire Sausages'.

The Association has given two main reasons to protect the sausage;

  1. So the consumer is assured of a quality product, made according to a traditional recipe in the area that invented the Lincolnshire Sausage. We have found recipes that contain all sorts of ingredients and additives. Ours contain at least 70% pork, breadcrumbs or rusk, sage, salt, pepper and water (and in some sausages sulphite as a preservative). A premium 'Lincolnshire Sausage' sold by one of the leading supermarkets contains more parsley and thyme than sage and has 20 ingredients including Tetrasodium Diphosphate, Disodium Diphosphate, Dextrose, Yeast Extract, Sodium Metabisulphite, Ascorbic Acid and Ammonium Bicarbonate.
  2. To support the Lincolnshire Butchers. We have listed all the local butchers on our website making Lincolnshire Sausages, we are fortunate in our county that consumers still use local butchers unlike some other counties where many local butchers have disappeared. The Lincolnshire Sausage made fresh on the premises is a vital part of our butchers' business and heritage.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to our cause should do so by sending a cheque made out to the 'Lincolnshire Sausage Association' to the following address:

Lincolnshire Sausage Association Ltd
c/o RJ & AE Godfrey
Wootton Road,
Elsham Top
Brigg
North Lincolnshire
DN20 0NU

New MPs Sign Up

Newly elected MPs, Stephen Phillips (Sleaford and North Hykeham), Nicholas Dakin (Scunthorpe) and Nick Boles (Grantham and Stamford) have all pledged their support to our campaign for PGI status for Lincolnshire Sausages.

Still Waiting
6th April 2010

The Lincolnshire Sausage Asociation is still awaiting a response from DEfRA to its application for PGI status. Defra is sifting through the objections and the LSA'S responses to these objections. In the meantime Lincolnshire's smaller butchers are struggling to survive in today's economic climate. Lincolnshire sausages are oneof the mainstays of many of their businesses as it is the only source of the 'real' Lincolnshire sausage. Any letters of support to Defra or prospective parliamentary candidates for the election would be greatly appreciated.


Chop Idol!
18th November 2009

Congratulations to Lincolnshire Sausage Association member and keen supporter, Jim Sutcliffe , who won the BBC's Young Butcher of the Year Competition this week. Jim demonstrated his knowledge and expertise of butchery as well as his artistic flair to impress the judges and defeat all the other finalists. Jim's shop is called Meridian Meats and is in the centre of Louth. Do pay him a visit to offer him your congratulations.



Lord Mayor's Parade
18th November 2009

Lincolnshire Sausage Association Committee member, Neil Curtis, joined a rather damp Lord Mayor's Parade last weekend and cycled around the streets of London on his Butcher's bike with the Worshipful Company of Butchers. the Lord Mayor is a member of the Worshipful Company of Butchers which was very welll represented in the parade.

PGI Application Reaches DEFRA

8th November 2009

Our application for Protected Geographical Indication for Lincolnshire Sausages has made its way through the initial consultation process and has been submitted to DEFRA for the next stage in the procedure, which involves another National Consultation before the application can be presented to Europe.

Walls Make Lincolnshire Sausages from Continental Pork

8th November 2009

The Sunday Telegraph yesterday reported that Walls make Lincolnshire Sausages from German, Dutch, Danish and English pork.
For the full story: click here.


Petition Closes
8th November 2009

The petition to ask the Prime Minsiter to support our application for Protected Geographical Indication status for Lincolnshire Sausages has closed with 1,262 signatures.

The Petition stated:

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to support Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for Lincolnshire Sausages

PGI status for Lincolnshire sausages would mean that they could only be manufactured in the historic county of Lincolnshire according to the specified criteria. This would support the numerous small producers that we have in the county and prevent inferior products from reaching the market.


Prospective MEPs support Campaign
28th May 2009

Prospective Conservative MEP, George Lee, came out to support the Lincolnshire Sausage Campaign in Louth last week. The pictures shows him with Lincolnshire Sausage Association member, Jim Sutcliffe, and Janet Godfrey, Chairman of the Association outside Meridian Meats in Louth. Labour candidate and local MP, Gillian Merron help Neil Curtis to promote the campaign.

End of National Consultation

The period of National Consultation on Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for Lincolnshire Sausages ended on 20th April 2009. The Lincolnshire Sausage Association is aware that there have been several objections to the proposal but are awaiting official confirmation from the handling body, ADAS, as to exactly what these objections are. The Association will then be in a position to respond formally.

Tastes of Lincolnshire Support PGI for Lincolnshire Sausages

MPs and MEPs Rally to the Support of Lincolnshire Sausages

MPs and MEPs are rallying to the support of the Lincolnshire Sausage Association's application for Protected Geographical Indication for the Lincolnshire Sausage.
Ian Cawsey MP for Brigg and Goole is writing to Defra to support the application.
Quentin Davies MP for Grantham and Stamford has written to Jane Kennedy, Minister of State for Defra, in support of the PGI application
Edward Leigh MP for Gainsborough has written a letter of support to Jane Kennedy at Defra.
Shona McIsaac MP for Cleethorpes is to table a Parliamentary question on the issue and feature it in an article on her website.
Elliot Morley MP for Scunthorpe is to put a submission into Defra in support of the application.
Peter Tapsell MP for Louth and Horncastle is eager to "champion the cause of Lincolnshire sausages and protect them from any German onslaught".

Gillian Merron MP for Lincoln is a long time supporter of the Lincolnshire sausage and has lent her voice to the campaign to keep Lincolnshire sausages Lincolnshire since it began over two years ago.

She said, “Lincolnshire sausages are rightly known throughout the world. But this Lincolnshire speciality is under threat from cheap imitations. Obtaining European protection status will mean that Lincolnshire sausage will have the same protection as Champagne and Parma Ham. This should give a real boost to our local butchers, farmers and producers. I have been pleased to work with butchers in Lincoln over the years, to support the application for protected status, and I strongly back the final push for this campaign.”

Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Opposition Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and for Work and Pensions is supporting the aplication, but thinks that the pork should come from pigs that have been produced within Lincolnshire.

Chris Heaton-Harris MEP is a long time supporter of the Lincolnshire Sausage
Roger Helmer MEP will feature the story in his next newsletter.
Derek Clark MEP has also expressed his support.
Godfrey Bloom MEP has assured of his support as the only MEP to call his region Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire rather than the Humber
Linda McAven MEP and Richard Corbett MEP are 'delighted to support this application'. They have written to Food From Britain, the organisation responsible on behalf of DEFRA, recommending that they submit the application to the European Commission.
Glenis Willmott MEP strongly believes that our campaign is equally as worthy as that for Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.

Defra has put the application for Protected Geographical Indication out for national consultation until the 20th April 2009. If granted, Lincolnshire sausages will only be able to be made in Lincolnshire and to the specifications in the application i.e. coarse ground or minced pork, a minimum of 70% meat, packed in natural casings and flavoured with sage.

Anyone is welcome to respond to the consultation. Details can be found on Defra's website at www.defra.gov.uk/foodrin/foodname and the summary application at: www.defra.gov.uk/foodrin/foodname/pfn/products/documents/lincolnshire-sausage-pgi-application.pdf .

The Lincolnshire Sausage Association would like to encourage members of the public to register their support.

Copy of Summary Application for PGI Status

Members of the Committee

Members of the Association

Give us your views: Lincolnshire Sausage Survey
Complete the form and send it to the following address:

Lincolnshire Sausage Association
c/o R J & A E Godfrey
Wootton Road
Elsham Top
Brigg
North Lincolnshire
DN20 0NU

company number 7125615

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