Anyone looking for a genuine Cornish pasty or with questions about a particular product, as well as pasty-makers, retailers and wholesalers, can call Cornwall Food & Drink on:01872 865101 or email info@cornishpastyassociation.co.uk

What is a PGI?

PGI stands for Protected Geographical Indication. It’s part of a European Union framework that gives legal protection to the name Cornish Pasty and stops inferior products being passed off as genuine Cornish pasties.

What are the characteristics of a genuine Cornish pasty?

A genuine Cornish pasty must contain:

  • Roughly diced or minced beef
  • Sliced or diced potato
  • Swede (turnip)
  • Onion
  • Seasoning to taste (mainly salt & pepper)

The ingredients must be uncooked when the pasty is assembled.

The pastry must be savoury and can be shortcrust, puff or rough puff and must hold all ingredients through cooking and handling without cracking or breaking.

The pasty must be crimped into a D shape, with the crimp towards one side and glazed with egg, milk or a mixture of both.

What does the PGI status mean for Cornish pasty makers?

PGI status marks Cornish pasties out as a quality product that the customer can rely on to meet the specified method of making laid down by law. When people see the PGI logo on a Cornish pasty, they know they’re getting the real thing.

Can I buy genuine Cornish pasties outside of Cornwall?

Definitely! Every day thousands of Cornish pasties are sent all over Britain and beyond, to be sold in shops, supermarkets, cafes, pubs and concessions. Many are sold online too. Sometimes these are baked and packaged in Cornwall and sometimes they are prepared in Cornwall then freshly baked at their final destination. As long as the pasty is made in Cornwall, by an approved Cornish pasty producer, you can enjoy it wherever you are.

How is the industry regulated?

Any product sold using the protected Cornish pasty name needs to be verified. Products and production methods are therefore audited by an approved external body. After successfully passing this audit, a producer can use the protected name. All producers are re-audited periodically to ensure they are still producing genuine Cornish pasties in accordance with the PGI specification.

Do I need to be a member of the CPA to produce Cornish pasties?

No you don’t. You can be audited by one of the approved bodies independently.  However, the CPA membership fee includes the audit fee, which makes it a much better value option for Cornwall’s many smaller producers.

Of course CPA members have access to all the other benefits of being part of the Cornish pasty family of producers.

How do I know if I’ve bought a genuine Cornish pasty?

Look for the PGI logo in the shop, on the labelling, or on the packaging. All genuine Cornish pasties should bear this, along with a number beginning with the letters CP that enables the CPA to identify the producer. Pasties made by CPA members may also carry the CPA’s certification mark. If in doubt, ask where the pasties came from and you can always check it out with us.

Who should I go to for advice?

We’re here to help with as much as possible. We deal with calls, letters and emails from all over the world asking about Cornish pasties. We can point you in the direction of other sources of information and answer most questions about pasties – apart from – who makes the best one!!

Phone: 01872 865101

Email: info@cornishpastyassociation.co.uk

Write: Cornish Pasty Association
c/o Cornwall Food & Drink Ltd
Chapel View Farm, Coombe Lane, Bissoe, Truro TR4 8RE

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