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Shellfish: Colchester

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made in obtaining protected geographical indication status for the Colchester oyster. (232491)

[holding answer 3 November 2008]: Officials met with representatives of the applicant group in May 2007 to discuss the outstanding points relating to the product specification for the Colchester Native Oyster. Following that meeting, some further information relating to the geographical area and other aspects of the application was sought from the applicant group. Unfortunately, despite regular reminders from officials (most recently in early October 2008), that information has not been forthcoming. This means that it has not been possible to complete our assessment of the validity of the application for protected geographical indication status for the Colchester Native Oyster. We will continue to pursue this with the applicant group.