Americans will eat almost anything, whether it’s the chocolate covered bacon maple donut bar or the fabled deep fried apple pie at McDonalds. But apparently, even we have our limits.
For the last 21 years, there has been a ban on importing haggis from Scotland. In case you’re too busy munching on your third Whopper today to check Wikipedia, let me just tell you about Haggis. It’s a popular delicacy from across the pond made from sheep innards (intestines, heart, etc) that is mixed together and then cooked in a sheep’s stomach. Yum!
Well, the reason it’s banned is not due to our refined sense of taste, but rather because of health fears. In 1989, there was a big mad cow scare and haggis somehow got lumped in with that. On top of that, there is another pre-existing ban on any food that is made with lungs (did I forget to mention that lungs were part of the cornucopia of meat in haggis?).
For a few days last week, there were rumors that the United States would finally lift this ban on haggis soon, but that was recently refuted.
“Recently, several news articles have incorrectly stated that the US will be relaxing or lifting its ban on Scottish haggis," a spokeswoman for the US Department of Agriculture told the BBC.
But as the BBC points out, even if the ban were to be lifted, it’s unlikely that authentic haggis would ever really catch on in America because of its “reputation for repulsiveness.” We do have standards after all.