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UK's regional foods better in Europe, says Cameron

22 April 2016 by
UK's regional foods better in Europe, says Cameron

David Cameron has advised the UK's regional food producers that he believes local specialities such as pork, cheese and cider are better protected within the EU legislation.

The prime minister shared his views with the Gloucester Citizen and suggested that protected status foods such as Melton Mowbray pork pies would be among the UK's regional foods to lose their protected status outside the EU.

His warning followed soon after a similar message from the National Farmers' Union, which said its members would be better served by remaining in the EU.

"If we leave the EU and our farmers have to operate under World Trade Organisation rules, things would be very different," it stated.

"Protected status enjoyed across Europe by our unique products, such as Gloucestershire cider, Single Gloucester cheese and traditionally farmed Gloucester Old Spot pork, will be lost."

Detailed in The Guardian, Downing Street would not comment on whether the prime minister planned to make similar appeals to citizens of other areas about their local food; The Guardian suggested that number 10 may be wary of this following criticism last month for touting almost identical articles to local newspapers around the UK in an attempted PR "carpet bombing".

Cameron has also appeared on Cornish radio to make the case for staying in the EU.

Leave campaigners have repeatedly accused him of scaremongering in order to try to keep the UK in the EU and exaggerating the dangers of leaving.

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