Tomorrow is Burns night, traditionally the evening when Haggis is eaten in honour of poet Robert Burns. Now I am quite partial to haggis, it is a really tasty meal, although I am aware that many people can’t get past the ingredients!
A US government delegation has been invited to Scotland in a bid to overturn its 40-year ban on haggis. Imported haggis was banned by the US because its food standards agency prohibits sheep lungs in food products.
Traditional Scottish haggis, which is made with a sheep’s heart, liver and lungs, had faced a double barrier. In addition to the sheep’s lung ban, the US prohibited the use of offal from the UK in the wake of the BSE outbreak in 1989.
However, the US ban on British meat products in the wake of the BSE crisis has since been relaxed.
For a country that has exported fast food and all the health issues that go with it one hopes that they will see the error of their ways and “free the Haggis”!