What is TSG?

What is a TSG? A TSG (Traditional Speciality Guaranteed) is part of the European Protected Food Names Scheme. https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/protected-food-name-scheme-uk-registered-products

Traditionally Farmed Gloucestershire Old Spots Pork

Traditionally Farmed Gloucestershire Old Spots Pork

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 (see our List of Members) 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 strict restrictions on the use of the logo and the use of the breed name to describe the meat.

To achieve TSG Approved status, all the GOS pigs must be pedigree and kep in high-welfare, non-intensive conditions such as these at John & Helen Lightfoot's farm in Gloucestershire.

To achieve TSG Approved status, all the GOS pigs must be pedigree and kep in high-welfare, non-intensive conditions such as these at John & Helen Lightfoot’s farm in Gloucestershire.

Traditionally Farmed Gloucestershire Old Spots Pork Here is a link to the actual wording as agreed by the EU Commission: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2009:238:0008:0013:EN:PDF

Please note that whilst ‘pork’ is specified, it relates to all edible products derived from a GOS pedigree 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.

Producers of TSG Traditionally Farmed GOS Pork Complying with the TSG Specification The GOS Pig Breeders Club publishes the full database of approved breeders and herds and retailers where the produce can be obtained. It is available here.

 

Under TSG standards, finishing pigs can be kept indoors but under strict standards that ensure low stocking densities and high welfare facilities such as these at Judy Hancox's The Butts Farm in Gloucestershire.

Under TSG standards, finishing pigs can be kept indoors but under strict standards that ensure low stocking densities and high welfare facilities such as these at Judy Hancox’s The Butts Farm in Gloucestershire.