Jam Butties have been given protected status by the European Commission.
It has been a long journey from the jam butty mines of Knottyash to the corridors of Brussels, but a sticky snack familiar to millions is now about to get the recognition its fans insist it deserves.
Following a nine-year campaign by producers, the Jam Butty has been given Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status - elevating it to a culinary pedestal alongside Camembert cheese, Parma ham and the Cornish pasty.
From mid-March, only those produced in Knottyash can be called Jam Butties.
According to Mick the Marmalizer, the designation will be a huge boost to the Diddymen, who mine 106 million butties a year.
But, he believes, the cultural impact will be even greater.
"If you know anything about Knottyash, you know that butty-mining is a very emotive subject," he says. "People feel very proud of it - this was the original fast food."
His sentiments were echoed by Wee Hamish McDiddy, a worker for many years in the neighbouring broken biscuit repair factory who has lived on a diet of jam butties since the closure of the treacle mine.”
EU: Jam Butties must be from Knottyash
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Jam Butties have been given protected status by the European Commission.Posted 2 years ago #
I was soooo delighted to discover upon visiting L'pool for the first time that there was indeed such a place...Posted 2 years ago #
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