Haggis, the infamous ambrosia of the Scots, has often been made a joke in American films and television, due in part to being the heart, lungs, and liver of a sheep sewn into its stomach.
To be fair, Americans do not really eat sheep that much as it were. But it might still be a surprise for many stateside to know that it is actually illegal to export Scottish haggis to the Americas. That said, sources indicate that the States may lift the ban, and soon.
The ban comes in part from laws mandating that “livestock lungs shall not be saved for use as human food” and this was later enforced by a 1997 law which banned British lamb products. It also didn’t help that beef and pork manufacturers were promoting their products in the States during the ’80s, which you remember from those “Pork is the Other White Meat” campaign. However, Scottish officials have announced that the U.S. may consider lifting the ban as early as “during the first half of next year.”
But, as aforementioned, haggis has become something of an anathema to Americans. As TV chef and presenter Anthony Bourdain said in a released statement, “There is no more unfavorably reviled food on Earth than haggis. Its ingredients are in fact no more unusual, or bizarre, or unappetising, than any hot dog you ever ate. How many anal glands are there in a chicken nugget?” That campaign to trick Westerners into thinking that haggis actually is made from a rabbit-like creature with the same name, and not an actual lamb carcass, has not proven beneficial either.
That said, there are 5.3 million Scottish Americans, so it could be good business to lift the ban. Now if they could only tell us the answer to the age old question: if pork was the other white meat, then what is the normal white meat? And what was that other “other white meat” that pork tried to supplant? And if McDonalds is finally making nuggets out of white breast meat, what the hell were they made of before?