Alicia Kearns MP launches the All Party Parliamentary Group on Geographically Protected Foods

Rutland and Melton MP, Alicia Kearns, today launched the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Geographically Protected Foods.  

Under European Law, a number of the UK’s food and drinks products are granted Protected Geographical Status; to protect the reputation of regional products, promote traditional and agricultural activity and eliminate non-genuine products, which may mislead consumers or be of inferior character.  

The APPG was set up to promote and protect the UK’s Geographically Protected Foods as our departure from the European Union.  

Alicia Kearns represents the UK’s rural capital of food which is home to three Geographically Protected Foods; Stilton Cheese, Rutland Bitter and the famous Melton Mowbray Pork Pie.  

Rutland and Melton’s MP, Alicia Kearns, said:  

“I was excited to launch the APPG on Geographically Protected Foods this afternoon. Britain has a proud tradition of excellent food and drink from every corner of our country, which has played an integral role in shaping our communities and culture. 

“As we transition out of the European Union, it is ever more important to have a simple, robust and inclusive mechanism to protect culturally and geographically significant food from all our communities.” 

Alicia Kearns continues to work with local Geographically Protected Food producers and campaigns for her constituents and wider society to better understand the benefits of buying British; high welfare and environmental standards as well as supporting local economies.