UK, US officials meet to discuss...sheep's lungs?

Diced sheep organs might be an acquired taste, but one of Scotland's culinary treasures may soon find its way into the United States for the first time in decades.

The U.K. government looks to overturn an American import ban on traditional Scottish haggis, which has been in place since 1971, the BBC reported. U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was expected to take up the cause when he met with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday, the BBC wrote.

The dish's traditional form, a Scottish staple, consists of a sheep's stomach usually stuffed with diced sheep's liver, lungs and heart. The USDA prohibits sheep's lungs in food products, the BBC said.

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If officials overturn the ban, it would likely boost a market that is worth about £15 million in the U.K., the BBC reported.

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"I share many haggis producers' disappointment that American diners are currently unable to enjoy the taste of Scotland's wonderful national dish in their own country," Paterson said.

Recently, the U.S. government has moved to allow more European Union beef and bovine products into the American market. It had been barred from the U.S. for almost 20 years amid mad cow disease concerns, the BBC wrote.

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As recently as 2011, the Scottish government unsuccessfully petitioned the U.S. to end the ban. Read the BBC's full story and accompanying Haggis explanation here.

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