Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!

In my recent post on my holiday back in the UK, I mentioned that I had eaten various foods that were tricky to get here in the US. I had not realized at the time that one of those foods is actually banned here in the US. It is illegal to import haggis into the US. The ban was put in place in 1989 because of concerns about BSE. This seems odd, as Haggis is made from sheep; the lungs, liver, and heart wrapped in the stomach to be precise.

I imagine this restriction is a hardship to those of Scottish descent. Haggis is the centre of Burns Night celebrations where it will be piped into the room before Robert Burns “Ode to the Haggis” is read.

The US concerns about Mad Cow do seem to have been very specific, as they still allowed the British Prime Minister at the time to enter the country.

Published in: on 20 May, 2008 at 7:33  Comments (1)  

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  1. Positively wicked! 😉

    Perhaps it is illegal to import haggis simply because it’s vile.

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