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Food: Origin Marking

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many applications he has received for an EU Traditional Speciality Guaranteed designation for UK products in each of the last four years. (317924)

DEFRA is the National Competent Authority for the UK. Applications are submitted to and assessed by ADAS (for England), and the appropriate devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland before being forwarded to DEFRA.

Since 2006, five applications have been made for protection under the EU’s Traditional Speciality Guaranteed (TSG) designation. The breakdown of applications is as follows:

Number of TSG applications received

2006

0

2007

2

2008

3

2009

0

Total

5