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Friday 29 August 2014

Scots seek to end US haggis ban

Scotland is seeking to reverse a US ban on haggis

Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead invited a delegation of American politicians to Scotland in a bid to persuade them to reverse a 40-year ban on the haggis.

The iconic Scottish dish is been barred in the US because its food safety department prohibits the use of sheep lungs in food products.

Mr Lochhead raised the matter with US authorities last year and said he hoped to persuade the delegation that "it's time to allow imports to resume".

He said the US was a "potentially lucrative market" that could be worth "millions" to Scottish haggis producers.

Mr Lochhead said: "We want to capitalise on the diaspora of Scots in the US and many of them would enjoy the opportunity to indulge in authentic Scottish haggis to accompany their neeps and tatties on Burns night.

"Scotland's produce is amongst the best in the world and I've asked US Department of Agriculture officials to come here to see for themselves the high standards we have in animal health and processing.

"This will help them realise that our haggis is produced to the highest standards and that it's time to allow imports to resume."

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