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US to lift 21-year ban on Haggis
January 26, 2010
8:34 pm
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Burns' night boost for famous Scottish dish that fell victim to BSE fears
Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent guardian.co.uk, Sunday 24 January 2010

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Smuggled and bootlegged, it has been the cause of transatlantic tensions for more than two decades. But after 21 years in exile, the haggis is to be allowed back into the United States.

The "great chieftan o' the puddin-race" was one of earliest casualties of the BSE crisis of the 1980s-90s, banned on health grounds by the US authorities in 1989 because they feared its main ingredient ‑ minced sheep offal ‑ could prove lethal.

Some refined foodies might insist it always has been and always will be: in the words of Robert Burns, in his Ode to a Haggis, looking "down wi' sneering, scornfu' view on sic a dinner". But now, as millions of Scots around the world prepare to celebrate Burns's legacy tonight with an elaborate, whisky-fuelled pageant to a boiled bag of sheep innards, oatmeal, suet and pepper, its reputation has been restored, on health grounds at least.

For the past two decades, Americans of Scottish descent ‑ of whom there are at least 6 million ‑ have been forced to celebrate Burns' night without a true haggis, much to their distress.

There are stories of Scots smuggling in a haggis for their starving cousins, risking deportation in the process. Others are said to have secretly tried to create homemade, bootleg haggis, desperate to sample that particularly peppery concoction.

Meanwhile, butchers in the US have tried, and failed, to make their own versions of the pudding without using the vital ingredient: sheep. "It was a silly ban which meant a lot of people have never tasted the real thing," said Margaret Frost, of the Scottish American Society in Ohio. "We have had to put up with the US version, which is made from beef and is bloody awful."

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January 27, 2010
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Hmmmm..... Oddly enough I think that sounds kinda good.

January 28, 2010
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sheep offel?
wtf is sheep offel?

is that the bung hole of a sheep?

January 28, 2010
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Great news, I can stop making mine out of Snipe.

"Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez" Let the Good Times Roll

January 28, 2010
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"shadowfx" wrote: Hmmmm..... Oddly enough I think that sounds kinda good.

So do I. I've never tried it but I wouldn't turn my nose up at it. Laugh It sounds quite nice and I believe in eating every part of the animal so I would probably like it.

Has anyone ever tried it? Is it like a Sausage or is the meat chunky?

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January 28, 2010
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We had haggis at a Masonic Burns Night Celebration and found it rather good....

A lot of Scotch Sour's will help kill the taste... Embarassed

January 29, 2010
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to me it always seemed like a cross between sausage, and meatloaf..without the good taste of either.

a poor mans meal.

and really, LUNGS?
however, i DID like that fact that it didn't need chewed..
so, but, i'd rather a good sausage, or meatloaf and gravey.

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