Alicia Kearns MP Fights for the Future of Stilton

Stilton is at risk, as the National Food Strategy looks to reduce salt intake by a quarter.

Stilton requires a certain salt content to produce the distinctive veins – and Stilton could be subject to new, higher taxes to comply with the Government’s desire to reduce salt intake by a quarter.

Stilton is made according to a centuries-old process and has Protected Designation of Origin status under the UK’s new Geographical Indication scheme – meaning it has to be made in villages around Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, has raised the issue in Parliament, and in a private meeting with Victoria Prentis MP, Minister of State at DEFRA – and is confident that an exemption will be made for Melton Mowbray’s iconic cheese.

Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Geographically Protected Food said:

"I don’t support the Nanny State at the best of times – but to threaten Stilton in the pursuit is something that no-one who loves Melton could countenance.

"Stilton is a protected food – and if the recipe, or the location  were to change, it simply wouldn’t be Stilton any more. Production of one of Britain’s favourite cheeses matters to our identity in Melton Mowbray, and provides important employment in our rural area.

"I’ve made my feelings clear to the DEFRA Minister of State, Victoria Prentis. This tax isn’t about Stilton – it’s about supermarket ready meals and the like. I hope that common sense prevails, and that Stilton can remain the Queen of British cheeses."