Matthew O'Callaghan Chairman, Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Assoc Sir; In response to Ginsters CEO Mark Duddridge's appeal for Protected Geographical Indication status for the Cornish pasty, I remember as a child living in St Ives, Cornwall, the taste and textures of the Cornish pasty bought near our home ('Letters' The Grocer, 12 April, p26). It should not be unreasonable to expect that a Cornish pasty made today should provide the same experience and pleasure as it did 50 years ago. The only way to do that is to protect the recipe, the ingredients and where it is made because skills and craftsmanship are invested in the place of origin. We are losing our food heritage - varieties of apples because orchards are being grubbed up, species of fish due to over-fishing and traditional foods because of the change in recipes and processes. Our struggle to protect the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie was undertaken not just to preserve our own product and the consumer, but also as a statement about British regional foods. We list our important buildings. Why don't we list and protect our food heritage? We should not leave this to Europe and the protected food names scheme. Defra and the government also have a role to play and something should be salvaged from the demise of Food from Britain to do this. Good luck to the Cornish and those elsewhere who seek to preserve the best of our past.

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