Sending haggis abroad - can you?

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I want to send a haggis to someone in the US - if I vacum pack it up, is there any reason why I can't send it? I know you put the contents of a package on the front, but has anyone done this before and encountered any problems? Thanks.
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  • fluffynitfluffynit Forumite
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    hi

    found this info for you off the royal mail website

    fluffynit

    :)

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    From 12th December, 2003 the US Government introduced new laws about sending food and drink in to the USA. Items containing manufactured food will not be accepted by Royal Mail or at your local Post Office™ without the relevant pre-notification details.

    Before posting any food-stuffs to the USA you may need to complete an online form to pre-advise the US authorities of its arrival. After completing this form it should take about 15 minutes to receive your ‘prior notification reference number’ from the US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) which needs to be included on the usual Customs form – more Customs information

    This applies to any manufactured food or drink for either humans or animals but does not apply to homemade or manufactured foods being sent as a personal gift to individual people in the USA but you should clearly indicate this on the Customs form that this the case. If you don’t do this your parcels or packets containing food or drink may be returned to you or even destroyed.

    This move by the US Government is to help protect the USA from the possibility of a bio-terrorist attack via food items sent in to the country by post and applies to all countries around the world.

    Find out more from the US Food and Drugs Administration website
  • alythalyth Forumite
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    Cheers Fluffynit, I really appreciate that, I never even though of looking on their website!

    Thanks again, at least it means in theory I can do it, even if I have to advise them!

    Alyth
  • fluffynitfluffynit Forumite
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    You're welcome :)
  • Edinburghlass_2Edinburghlass_2 Forumite
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    According to this website it should be canned?

    http://www.distantbrits.co.uk/catalog/faq.php?#23
  • You CANNOT send regular haggis to USA. They disallow imports or indeed the local sale of offal. If you send it, hte usa authorites will sieze it, dispoose of it, and ... I dunno what else. Butm the wont be happy chappies.

    There is a usa manufacturer of immitaion haggi, which apparently tastes the same.

    Me I like the freshly farmed wild beasties myself.
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    I once took over tinned haggis for a friend of mine, through O'hare airport, good while ago though. Declared it just incase there was any problems and they were ok, just studied the can and they said it was ok, no probs at all. Grants canned haggis is fine if you are considering sending. You need Rutabaga to go with it. We had fun trying to source turnip/swede in a grocery store, just got strange looks, it's known as Rutabaga in the US.
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  • john0612john0612 Forumite
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    you'd think they'd let us take oor national dish oot the country..... especially if it's a deed wan lol
  • alythalyth Forumite
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    hey, thanks for all your replies, I'll stick to Grants tinned haggis I think! I just need to find a little story now about haggis running about on hills!
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