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As a warm-up to Burns Night, Bois­dale of Bish­ops­gate host­ed a din­ner with a guest of hon­our: Stan­ley Phillips, the US Embassy’s coun­cil­lor for Agri­cul­tur­al Affairs. The US has banned the import of hag­gis since the Sev­en­ties. I’m glad to say I’m no longer a hag­gis vir­gin,” said Phillips as he tucked in. The ongo­ing cam­paign also had the sup­port of the UK Depart­ment for Envi­ron­ment, Food & Rur­al Affairs (DEFRA); hag­gis man­u­fac­tur­ers Mac­sween; and House of Lords mem­ber Lord Ian McColl of Dul­wich, who raised the issue in the House on 15 Jan­u­ary. Hag­gis has been banned in the US since 1971 amid appar­ent con­cerns over its safety.