It’s official the Cornish pasty has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the EU. The status was applied for in later 2008 and was successful on 23rd July 2011. This means that no other product can use the term Cornish pasty unless it is made in Cornwall and using the method specified. Gone are the charlatans with their chunks of carrot or puff pastry cases.
At present the UK enjoys varying levels of protection for 38 food products. There are another 16 still going through the process:
Armagh Bramley Apples
New Season Comber Potatoes / Comber Earlies
Stornoway Black Pudding
Scottish Wild Salmon
Lough Neagh Eel
Native Shetland Wool
Isle of Man Queenies
Traditional Pasture Reared Beef
Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling
West Country Lamb
West Country Beef
Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese
Traditional Grass fed Red Poll beef
Even more household names are not protected and certainly some local delicacies would be very suitable, consider the North Staffordshire oatcake or Bury blackpudding?