A motion has been tabled in the House of Commons calling for Protected Geographical Indication status to be awarded to Lincolnshire sausages.

Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) and Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) are part of a system created by the European Union in 1992 to promote and protect regional food products within the EU. PGI status would prevent sausages made elsewhere being labelled as Lincolnshire sausages.

Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh tabled the motion in Parliament, saying the sausage was “a valuable part of British culinary culture”, reported BBC News Online.

PDO is used to describe foodstuffs which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how. Examples include: West Country farmhouse Cheddar cheese and Jersey Royal potatoes in the UK; Camembert de Normandie and Roquefort cheeses in France; and Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma ham in Italy.

In the case of the PGI, the geographical link must occur in at least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation. Examples include Scottish farmed salmon and Welsh lamb in the UK; and Nürnberger Bratwürste in Germany.