A Cornish pasty company looks to have reigned an age old row over the pastry item\u2019s origins after its factory was bought out by Devon\u2019s Torbay Council.\r\n\r\nTorbay Council bought the factory land for \u00a33m in order to boost its finances through investment. Councillors in Cornwall are said to be unhappy with the land-grab as they deem the pasty to be a purely Cornish invention, with the European Commission giving protected status to Cornish pasties in 2011, on the condition that they are prepared in Cornwall.\r\n\r\nThe company, Proper Cornish, has been making the pastry product since 1988, and was named Cornish Pasty Company Champion for 2018. Cornwall County Council\u2019s Tim Dwelly, branded the deal \u201cone of the strangest local government deals I have heard of\u201d, adding he felt it was \u201chard to imagine Cornish pasties selling well if they are owned by Devon\u201d.\r\n\r\nCornish Conservative councillor, Jim Flashman, said: "Are they going to bring in workers from Devon? It would be a problem if they were importing workers from different countries and if they were from Devon, they would have to call them Devon pasties or English pasties."\r\n\r\nDespite the EU recognition of Cornish pasties, there are some claims in Devon that the delicacy is in fact their own, and that it was \u2018stolen\u2019 by Cornwall.