Alex Massie

Sad Haggis Update

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I should have known that the news was too good to be, you know, true. Turns out that all the excitement about the Unted States dropping its disgraceful ban on the importation of proper haggis is somewhat premature. A spokeswoman from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service emails to "clarify" the matter:

Recently, several news articles have incorrectly stated that the U.S. will be relaxing or lifting its ban on Scottish haggis  At this time, haggis is still banned in the U.S. The APHIS rule covers all ruminant imports, which includes haggis.  It is currently being reviewed to incorporate the current risk and latest science related to these regulations.  There is no specific time frame for the completion of this review.  Please check back with APHIS periodically for updates.

This is sad news indeed and not the sort of change anyone can believe in. I encourage US readers to petition their Congresspersons to have this injustice ended and let Americans enjoy the full majesty of the Great Chieftain o' the pudden-race. It's also, obviously, tme for Obama to show some damn leadership...

The BBC has more on this here.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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