The Independent

Cornish pasties are said to be ‘under threat’ from a proposed transatlantic deal that could see the traditional snack lose its legal protection.

It is claimed that the proposed free trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, ould mean the EU could not uphold laws that protect regional foods.

German agriculture minister Christian Schmidt said that protections for regional specialities – ranging from Cornwall’s famous meat pastry to Stilton Blue cheese – might have to be dropped if such a deal was made.

“If we want to take advantage of the opportunities of free trade with the huge American market, we can no longer have every type of sausage and cheese each protected as a speciality,” he told Spiegel magazine.

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