Evesham's asparagus to remain protected after Brexit - The Evesham Observer

Evesham's asparagus to remain protected after Brexit

Evesham Editorial 17th Mar, 2018   0

EVESHAM’s asparagus will remain a protected food even after the UK leaves the European Union, according to the town’s MP.

Nigel Huddleston MP questioned Food Minister, George Eustice on the future status of protected foods after the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The Mid Worcestershire MP expressed his pride that Vale of Evesham Asparagus has been granted protected geographical indication (PGI) status by the EU.

PGI is one of three European designations created to protect regional foods against imitation throughout the EU and acts as a ‘Trade Mark’, assuring consumers the authenticity and origin of the product can be guaranteed.

As this designation is granted by the European Union, Mr Huddleston asked the Minister whether PGI status will still be recognised post-Brexit.

In response, Mr Eustice said the Government intended to transfer the existing legislation across through the EU (Withdrawal) Bill and the designations already in place in the UK would be protected by domestic legislation.

After leaving the meeting, Mr Huddleston said: “I was delighted to hear the Minister confirm it is his intention for the existing PGI designations to continue to be recognised post-Brexit and know that this will be welcome news to many of my constituents too.

“The granting of PGI status by the EU can make a real difference to regional products like Vale of Evesham Asparagus by boosting brand recognition and sales.

“Vale of Evesham Asparagus is a source of great local pride and I was pleased that the Minister spoke of its fantastic reputation both across the country and around the world.”

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