Cornish pasties made in Cornwall and based on a traditional recipe won protected status from the European Commission today.

Authentic Cornish pasties will be stamped with a logo making it clear that they have Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. They must be prepared in Cornwall, but do not have to be baked there.

Protected status gives the Cornish pasty the same standing as Roquefort cheese, French champagne, Jersey Royal potatoes and Newcastle brown ale. Cornish clotted cream is already on the list.

The Cornish Pasty Association (CPA), which campaigned for protected status, said that to qualify for protected status pasties must have the distinctive ‘D’ shape and be crimped at the side, not at the top.

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