US lamb exports expanding in Japan

IARN — Japanese consumers are seeking more high-quality meat options due to the slowing of foodservice operations from COVID-19 restrictions. Near the top of the list is lamb cuts from the US.

According to Tom Kasatani – US Meat Export Federation’s senior marketing manager in Japan – US lamb is available at high-end Japanese retail establishments, but consumers are also seeking the product to prepare at home. Read more

Trump EPA issues last-minute SRE’s

IARN — In a last-minute effort, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued three small refinery exemptions. The action reverses one denial from 2018 and granting two for the 2019 compliance year. The decision comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s agreement to hear a Tenth Circuit case that overturned three small refinery exemptions that had been inappropriately granted. Read more