The Cumberland Sausage Association has succeeded in its request for the sausages to be considered to have Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) protection from the EU. If this is granted, sausages would have to contain at least 80% meat and be left unlinked. At the present time, many sausages sold under this name have a meat content in the 60's, much of the balance being flavourless rusk.
Another key feature would include using a mincer with mincing holes that have a minimum diameter of 4.5mm – to ensure a rough texture.
They would also have to be made within a designated area. For more information see www.traditionalcumberlandsausage.com . See our 'Shop' & 'Mail Order' sections for the best producers.