"Scottish" news and stories
According to the Times Online, a record number of people are going to the trouble of smuggling haggis into the U.S. for Burns Night, the anniversary of Robert Burns' birthday and a national holiday of Scotland. The USDA and US Customs and Border Protection are aware of the holiday, and are on the look out for increased attempts to get the meat into the country. The fines for trying to break the haggis ban are steep, too. You can be fined up to $1,000 and run the risk of having your name placed on an alert list.
The one butcher from Cockburn's of Dingwall, which is renowned for its haggis, says that more and more people are open about their intentions to smuggle their purchase into the U.S. Another popular route is through the mail, though you may need to worry a little about its condition on arrival. Or you could be a law abiding citizen and get haggis that was made in America. Buy American and celebrate Burns Night.
Haggis is still something I have yet to try. Yes, we all know that it is typically the butt of all jokes here in the US. But, after watching Tony Bourdain tuck into a large one on TV, I've actually been intrigued enough to maybe try it, when I get the chance.
On a side note, officials have suggested reducing the fat and salt content. But, what would haggis really be without these? I'm sure that many of its positive aspects have to come from its rich texture.