Shadow foreign minister Anne McIntosh, MP for the Vale of York, said she wanted the European Union to award Yorkshire puds Protected Designation of Origin status so that the Sunday roast favourite could not be manufactured outside the region.
McIntosh, who has tabled an Early Day Motion, said she was inspired to speak out after the EU ruled in October that Feta could only be made in Greece. The decision means Shepherds Purse, a small cheese producer in McIntosh’s constituency, will have to change the name of its best-selling Yorkshire Feta from next year.
McIntosh said: “There’s got to be some logic and consistency. If there was an application to protect Yorkshire puddings, we would like the government and European Commission to look favourably on it.”
Neil Sanderson, MD at Aunt Bessie’s-brand owner Tryton Foods, which makes millions of Yorkshire puddings a week, 60% of those sold in the UK, said: “We make all our Yorkshire puddings in Yorkshire, at our factory in Hull. I’ve never really thought about getting protected status for them, but I guess we’d be interested if we could.”