- The Washington Times - Friday, November 25, 2016

An 18-year-old ban on importing British sheep could be coming to an end and, with it, a ban on importing Scottish haggis, CNN reported Wednesday.

CNN reported Wednesday that Scottish authorities believe they are close to hammering out a deal with the U.S. government that could rescind the 1997 ban, which was spurred by fears stemming from the “mad cow” epidemic of the mid 1990s.

Since the ban went into effect, sheep meat and sheep organs have not been imported into the United States. Haggis traditionally incorporates ground-up sheep’s heart, liver and lungs as well as oats and spices, all squeezed as a sausage into a casing made from sheep intestines.

Tasty, right?

Of course, some haggis purists might turn up their noses at the product the U.S. government eventually permits for importation: a reversal of the 1971 ban on selling sheep lung for human dietary consumption is unlikely, according to CNN.

For what it’s worth, however, an official with the Scottish butchery Macsween thinks a lung-less recipe should be equally refreshing, if not more so.

“It’ll be exactly the same, if not better,” said James Macsween, the company’s managing director. “People aren’t going to say ‘I don’t like that, it’s too different.’”

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