Cornish pasty wins E.U. protection

The ubiquitous Cornish pasty - a tough filled pastry with its roots in the middle ages - has been given official protection under the European Comission. It now has "protected geographical indication" status.

From now on only pasties prepared in Cornwall and following the traditional recipe can be sold as Cornish pasties. The dish can be sold elsewhere but must be given a different name.

The European Comission has regulated the marketing of other traditional European foods, including champagne and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.