Sunday, June 3, 2012

The British Cornish Pasty vs. The Jamaican Beef Patty

I love my Jamaican Beef Patty and I do love the English Cornish Pasty. I am not sure which one came first or if they are even related but the concepts are the same. Take a delicious baked crust and fill it with tasty meaty goodness. In the case of a Cornish Pasty that tasty goodness is chunks of Genuine beef cooked with potatoes and swedes (turnips) and for an Authentic Jamaican Beef Patty,  the finest Genuine Jamaican beef.

What does a Cornish Pasty and a Jamaican Beef Patty Have in common?
The British Government decided to impose a 20% VAT (Value Added Tax) on hot Cornish pasties. This resulted in a nation wide protest lead by the people of Cornwall against the proposed tax. Even people living in Calumet, Michigan, USA gathered a petition of 500 signatures to show their support. In the end the government was forced to reverse its plans to impose VAT on Cornish pasties.

In Jamaica the Government imposed a new tax on the Jamaican Beef Patty. This resulted in a massive outcry from the people as a beef patty is defined as poor people food. Since the price for this local delicacy is normally under 100 Jamaican dollar. The beef patty will now be subjected to a General Consumption Tax (GCT) of 16.5%.

What is the difference between a British Cornish Pasty and a Jamaican Beef Patty?
The Cornish pasty is made with Genuine British Beef, knowing the proud people of Cornwall and Devon I am sure the pasty is made using Genuine British Cornish/Devon Beef because the people in Devon and Cornwall are extremely proud of locally sourced food, stamped with the British Certification seal of approval as proof of Authenticity.

Protesting the use of Pink Slime:
SOME The Jamaican Beef patty is made using Pink Slime not Genuine Jamaican Ground Beef as companies like Tastee only care about their profit margin, which they guarantee by sourcing cheap meat like alternatives. When a company like Tastee start complaining about the Patty Tax and expressing concern for the "welfare" of the Jamaican people, I just have to laugh since Tastee is feeding the said people cheap meat like substitute that is not fit for human consumption, we must call them what they are … Hypocrites and Parasites!

"One of the country's largest beef patty producer, Tastee Limited, did not respond to The Sunday Gleaner up to press time. According to the Ministry of Finance's official website last year, $4 million to import beef trimmings, but despite several calls and questions sent via email the company has not responded. ...Read More: Jamaica rejects 'pink slime'

"It has been over 4 months since my last Jamaican Beef Patty. I cannot bring myself to buy one, I do not trust the people making and selling it, since I cannot verify what they are putting in my Beef patty. All the Government needs to do is to inspect the importation records of these beef importers, identify the type of beef being imported, the country of origin and the name of the exporter and make this public."

UPDATED 2017/05/27
The Pink slime patty crisis is long over and I have been enjoying my Jamaican Beef Patty.

People who care about Food Mileage 

People who are Proud of where their Food comes from
A Cornish Pasty is not Imported, cheaper alternative is not a requirement

We Demand the same for the Jamaican Beef Patty!

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  1. The Patty and the Pasty are related. The creation of the patty was inspired by the pasty. With the main difference being the inclusion of curry, scotch bonnet, and Cayenne pepper.

  2. My other half (parents Nevisian) gets so annoyed when I get patties for the kids and call them pastries but I can't change habit of a lifetime with regard to pastry with a meat/veg based filling!:)