Scotland to US: C'mon, Take Our Haggis

Scots push end to ban on delicacy made from sheep's lungs, liver, heart
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2011 9:32 AM CST
Scottish master butcher Neil Watt loads a tray with his home-made haggis in Montrose, Scotland.    (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver,File)
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(Newser) – The Scottish government wants you to be able to enjoy a delightful mixture of sheep organs in the comforts of your American home: It's urging the US to lift a 40-year-old ban on haggis imports. The sale of sheep's lungs, a vital part of the national dish, has been banned since 1971. Hoping to change that, Scotland's chief of rural affairs has invited American officials to visit the country to verify safety standards, the BBC reports.

"We want to capitalize on the diaspora of Scots in the US," he says, "and many of them would enjoy the opportunity to indulge in authentic Scottish haggis to accompany their neeps and tatties" [that's turnips and potatoes]. "Scotland's produce is amongst the best in the world and I've asked US Department of Agriculture officials to come here to see for themselves the high standards we have in animal health and processing."

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