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Victory For Healthier Option

by 5m Editor
20 October 2006, at 10:15am

UK - A healthier sausage specifically designed to have a lower salt level has won top prize in a competition run by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).

British Pig Executive

The winner, The Country Butcher from Gloucestershire, beat stiff competition to win the title of Foodservice Sausage of the Year 2006. The annual competition was open to butchers and caterers across the country and three finalists chosen from each of the five categories for the final cook-off at Butchers' Hall in London on Tuesday, 17 October 2006.

Overall champions David and Elaine Tomlins, from the Country Butcher, developed their low salt range of sausages following doctor's advice that a family member should eat a reduced salt diet. A year long process ensued to come up with a reduced salt sausage that maintained its flavour and quality.

David said: "We used an original sausage recipe and reduced the salt content by at least 25 per cent. We then had to experiment with different spices to make sure it tasted as good as any other sausage. It was a difficult process."We were delighted to get through to the final of the competition but never expected to win. We're overwhelmed the sausage has done so well. We have started to sell it to health clubs but hopefully, after this success, its popularity will increase."

BPEX foodservice development manager, Richard Fagan, said: "The winning sausage proves reduced fat and salt don't mean reduced taste. With health very much in the public eye this is an important concern for the industry." The categories were:

Traditional Pork Sausage, Speciality Pork Sausage, Best Pub Sausage, Reduced Fat/Reduced Sodium Sausage, Best Volume Produced Sausage. A full list of winners is available from the Press Office on 01908 844106.

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