Britain’s Protected Heritage Foods

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A number of United Kingdom food and drink products have been granted Protected Geographical Status under European Union law. The purpose of the scheme is to protect the reputation of regional products, promote traditional and agricultural activity and to eliminate non-genuine products.

The United Kingdom has a total of 65 products with protected status, relatively few when compared with Portugal (125 protected status products), France (217) and Italy (267). Several countries, however, including Ireland (5), Sweden (6) and Austria (14), have a considerably lower count.

Fresh meat

Cheese

Other

Fruit, Vegetable and Cereals

Fish

Spice

  • Anglesey sea salt/Halen Môn
  • East Kent goldings
  • Gloucestershire cider/perry
  • Herefordshire cider/perry
  • Worcestershire cider/perry

Beers

  • Kentish ale and Kentish strong ale
  • Rutland bitter

Bread, pastry, cakes and biscuits

Wool

Wines

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