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Bad News for American Scots

25 January, 2012

Unfortunately for Americans planning to celebrate Rabbie Burn’s birthday, one of the key ingredients for a Burn supper, the Haggis, cannot be legally prepared in the U.S.A.

Sheep lungs, part of the sheep’s ‘pluck’ that gives Haggis it’s distinctive flavor, are prohibited from being saved for use in human food.  Happily, the heart, liver and other such delicacies are still permitted for human consumption.

In 1974, Edwin D. Eshleman, the Congressman from Pennsylvania’s 16th Congressional District, had to inform one American-Scot, Mr. McKee, of this unfortunate section of the regulation of the Department of Agriculture.

No Haggis, USA

Why Haggis is illegal in USA
Many thanks to the Author’s mother, who interned with Congressman Eshleman in the summer of 1974, and preserved this wonderful document.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. erzsi permalink
    25 January, 2012 2:32 pm

    I just learned not to read page 2 during breakfast. OOPS.

  2. 13 February, 2012 10:11 pm

    Clarissa, you really do explain it all.

  3. 20 February, 2012 1:38 pm

    Christian, that comment tickled my nostalgia bone.

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