Brexit threatens Beacon Fell Lancashire Cheese

[First published on Quays News 09/12/16]

EUROPEAN laws that protect EU food names may no longer apply after Brexit, if Government Ministers fail to strike up a new deal.

Beacon Fell Lancashire Cheese is one of the 61 foods at risk of losing its unique name that helps to differentiate the cheese as well as improving the product’s competitiveness and profitability.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) says that new agreements will have to be made to ensure Britain’s geographical food names are protected.

Currently products named ‘Beacon Fell Lancashire Cheese’ can only be cheese that is made from milk from an area north of the River Ribble which covers the Fylde, Preston, and Blackpool and it also has to be made in these areas.

PDO – protected products must be produced, processed and prepared in one defined area and have distinct characteristics from that area.

 The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed the current protection will remain while the UK is a member of the EU.

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