Makers of Cornish pasties are becoming increasingly frustrated as a result of Defra's continued silence over whether it plans to support their bid for Protected Geographical Indication status.
The Cornish Pasty Association, which has 42 members including major branded supplier Ginsters, was expecting to hear from Defra earlier this month after the consultation period was extended to the end of February. The extension was believed to have been granted at the request of Northern Foods.
But as The Grocer went to press, the association had yet to receive any word from Defra or details of the arguments from Northern Foods. Angie Coombs, a spokeswoman for the Cornish Pasty Association, said: "This situation is very frustrating. We want to know what the objections are so that we can work on counter-arguments and get the whole process moving."
The association claims that only pasties made in Cornwall to a traditional recipe should be allowed to be called Cornish.
Last week Northern Foods won leave to take its objection against a similar claim by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association to the European Court of Justice.