Reports of legal US haggis premature, says USDA

We apologize for seizing on a London Times story that led us (and millions of gleeful Scots-Americans) to believe the USDA was on the brink of legalizing real sheep haggis, which for years has been contraband in the US.

As it turns out, the heroin of meat-puddings has a long way to go to convince the federal food agency that it's safe to eat. From the BBC, here's an unnamed USDA rep squelching all the fun:

"Recently, several news articles have incorrectly stated that the US will be relaxing or lifting its ban on Scottish haggis," a spokeswoman wrote.

A review of the ban on beef and lamb products was under way, she said, but there was no specific time frame for its completion.