Mayor’s campaign to get Teesside’s chicken dish protected

Melton Mowbray pork pies are one of 84 products that have received special protection

Cumberland sausages must be made in Cumbria, contain at least 80 percent meat and be sold coiled rather than linked

Jersey Royal potatoes, unsurprisingly, must be grown on the island

Cumberland Sausage (left) and Jersey Royal potatoes are also on the list of protected UK products 

The UK proudly boasts a total of 84 products that have received protected status under the EU scheme

From Melton Mowbray pork pies to Stilton cheese, these foods have been protected from imitation throughout Europe. 

Here are some of the best-known:

Welsh lamb

Welsh lamb is derived from the sheep breeds of Wales, predominately the Welsh Mountain, Welsh Mules, Welsh Halfbreds, Beulah, Welsh Hill Speckled Face, Lleyn Sheep, Llanwennog, and Radnor. 

Melton Mowbray pork pie 

Melton Mowbray Pork Pies are clearly distinct from other pork pies in their packaging, design and marketing at point of sale. They carry a price premium compared to other pork pies on the market place of 10-15 percent because they have a specific reputation that sets them apart as different and worth paying for.

Traditional Cumberland sausage 

Traditional Cumberland Sausage is a spiral coil shaped seasoned pork sausage. Its most distinctive feature is that, unlike other sausages, it is not linked but long and coiled. One recipe can be dated back to the 1850s. It has been recorded that in the mid 19th century the sausages were often hung up with hams and bacons, were very highly spiced and were semi-dried for preservation.

Stilton blue cheese

Blue Stilton is a blue moulded cheese made in cylindrical form from full cream pasteurised cows milk (which can be standardised according to season) produced by dairy herds from the three counties of Leicestershire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire (in times of shortage milk may also be sourced from the surrounding counties of, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire), with no applied pressure and forming its own crust or coat. The Blue Stilton  

Jersey Royal potatoes 

Each grower carefully controls his own stock of Jersey Royals, growing his own seed on his own farm. Selection is made within the seed fields to select plants yielding even size tubers and tubers of a suitable size (over large tubers cannot be shipped from the island). There is no source of Jersey Royals outside the Island to which growers can resort. The Island’s growers are not permitted to export any other variety of potato and therefore they are very well aware of the need to maintain pure stocks of Jersey Royal Potatoes.