Newmarket Sausages have received Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, according to Great Britain's Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
The product joins Parma Ham, Champagne and Cornish Pasties, which have also received the designation which promotes and protects the names of high-quality agricultural and food products. The sausages have been made in Suffolk, England, since the 1880s, and they were traditionally served at the historic Newmarket race course. Queen Victoria was said to enjoy them and issued the sausages with a royal warrant which signifies a supplier of goods or services to the royal family.
The UK Protected Foods Names Association estimates that products with PGI status are worth approximately £1 bill. (US$1.6 bill.).
Source: afz – allgemeine fleischer zeitung