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Scottish Haggis May Find Its Way Into The US

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Scottish Haggis May Find Its Way Into The US, if the Scottish officials manage to convince the American politicians in reversing a ban on it during their visit to Scotland later this month.

US banned Scottish Haggis 40 years ago: The traditional Scottish meat and oatmeal dish, haggis, became Scotland’s national dish in 1787. It gained popularity worldwide because of its delicious taste. However, the U.S. had banned this dish, which is made of sheep lungs, liver and heart mixed with oatmeal, 40 years ago. The ban was imposed because US food standards agency restricted use of sheep’s lungs in food products. The Scottish authorities wanted a reverse on ban after Washington relaxed the ban after 1989’s Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy epidemic in the UK.

US delegation invited ahead of Burns Night: Scotland’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, has invited an American delegation to demonstrate the high standard of the animal health and its processing. The invitation came in line with January 25th Burns Night, which is marked in honor of national poet Robert Burns and his poetry.

Scottish minister confident of convincing American politicians: Lochhead, who initiated the talks with the American politicians last year, hoped that this time they would be able to convince them to resume the imports. The minister added that Scottish produce could be considered one of the world’s best and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials, who previously doubted its standards, could come and see the high standards in animal health and processing.

Conclusion: On a traditional Burns Night, haggis is served in supper along with neeps (mashed turnip and ginger) and tatties (nutmeg-garnished mashed potato).


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