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Daily Yonder readers will be pleased to learn that the U.S. government is planning to relax the ban on imported meats, which will make it easier for Americans to get their Scottish haggis. The ban was begun in 1989 during an outbreak of BSE (mad cow) in Britain. Haggis, of course, is everyone’s favorite Scottish dish, a combination of sheep heart, liver and lungs, onion, oatmeal, suet and spices — and then simmered in the animal’s stomach for about three hours. (Haggis above.)
The BBC notes that the U.S. Department of Agriculture made it announcement on the eve of Burns Night, held on the night of the poet Robert Burns’ birthday (January 25, 1759). A Burns supper is typically haggis. Burns defended his country’s dish against those who looked down with “sneering, scornful view” on the “great chieftain o’ the puddin’-race.”
The Scots were thrilled. One haggis maker said, “”In my experience when I have encountered American tourists in Scotland they absolutely loved it.” And now, of course, Americans will soon be able to buy the original item, made in Scotland. Oh, and over the past 21 years, there have been some innovations in the haggis business. There are now haggis nachos — just in time for the Super Bowl.