Haggis Ban to Be Axed? Scottish National Dish May Return to U.S.
A Haggis is carried at a Burns supper in Killiecrankie, Scotland January 25, 2014. People on Saturday celebrated the 255th birthday of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. Burns suppers, where Haggis, Neeps and Tatties are traditionally served, are normally held on or near January 25 in honour of his birthday. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD) - RTX17UEQRussell Cheyne / Reuters, file
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LONDON -- It could be the ultimate test for Americans claiming proud Scottish heritage – would they be willing to sit down to eat the country’s national dish? Made from the heart, liver and lungs of sheep minced with onion, oatmeal and seasoning, haggis is traditionally served in the animals' stomach lining but isn’t to everyone’s taste.
But it does have a market in the U.K. worth millions of dollars each year and producers think it would sell well in America. Britain's environment secretary was due to meet Monday with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ask for a ban on haggis' key ingredients to be lifted. Sheep lung was banned in the U.S. in 1971 and all British lamb has been banned since 1989 following the BSE crisis, which often referred to as "mad cow disease." With the ban on U.K. beef exports lifted earlier this year, the British government is now hoping to do the same with its lamb.