Gloucestershire Old Spots
Traditional Speciality Guaranteed
Awarded to the Gloucestershire Old Spots Pig Breeders Club
What is a TSG?
It is much less well known than its counterparts, PDO (Protected Designated Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographic Indication) which is not surprising since this is only the second TSG awarded to a British product, (the first was Traditional Farmfresh Turkeys, some 10 years previously). PDOs and PGIs are awarded to products such as Champagne, Parma Ham and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and they specify quite limited geographic areas where production may take place. The GOSPBC decided early on that these more common designations would not suit their application since its members were spread far and wide throughout the United Kingdom and so it was decided to pursue the TSG status.
The following has been taken from the Defra website and states how a TSG is defined:
Open to products which are traditional or have customary names and have a set of features which distinguish them from other similar products. These features must not be due to the geographical area the product is produced in nor entirely based on technical advances in the method of production.
So the TSG demonstrates the product’s unique
traditional eating qualities irrespective of where the pigs in
question are produced. To achieve TSG status, the GOSPBC worked
closely with Bristol University on a number of scientific tests to
demonstrate its unique qualities. The GOS is the first breed ?of
any species in the world ?to be awarded TSG status. However, in the
following sections, we demonstrate how the breed itself and the way
the pigs are farmed does impact on eating enjoyment and thus there
are restrictions on the use of the logo and the use of the breed
name to describe the meat.
Traditionally Farmed Gloucestershire Old Spots Pork
Please note that whilst ‘pork?is specified, it relates to all edible products derived from a pig including bacon, ham, sausages, etc. It is also covers all the derivative names for the breed such as Gloucester Old Spot, Gloster Spots etc.