Posted: 06/02/2019

UK to have protected names logo regardless of Brexit type

The government has urged producers of protected food names, such as Cornish Pasties, to make haste with preparations for using a new UK logo when the UK leaves the European Union (EU).

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said in an update of one of its 106 Technical Notices, first issued last summer in case of a no-deal, that the UK would get its own protected names logo regardless of “whether or not we leave the EU with a withdrawal agreement”.

It said producers of what it termed geographical indication (GI) products wishing to use this logo would need to make preparations to comply with the new rules about its use within a deadline that would be subject to consultation.

“When the new UK GI logo is finalised, we plan to promote this with stakeholders and the wider public,” it said.

The UK has 86 GI protected names including 76 agricultural and food products, five wines and five spirits.

Defra said they made up 25% of the value of UK food and drink exports and enhanced the UK’s reputation for high-quality food and drink.

This story appeared in the January/February issue of Fine Food Digest. You can read more on the digital edition here.

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