The following is a press release from the NPPC:
The National Pork Producers Council has joined with the National Pork Board and the U.S. Meat Export Federation to provide pork to Japan in the wake of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit that country last week.
More than a half million Japanese are estimated to be without adequate shelter and food, and food shortages are expected to last into the summer.
“U.S. pork producers are deeply concerned for the people of Japan and have pledged to help those in need,” said NPPC President Doug Wolf, a producer from Lancaster, Wis. “Providing safe, wholesome pork, the meat of choice in Japan, is the best way pork producers can help that country get back on its feet.”
NPPC and the National Pork Board are providing funds to purchase pork to be sent to Japan. The USMEF, which represents the U.S. meat industry in countries around the world, will work with U.S. pork packers and others who have established distribution networks in Japan to make sure the food gets to those who need it. The outreach program will provide food requiring little or no preparation – such as pre-made lunch boxes – to people who have been displaced.
Japan is the No. 1 export market for U.S. pork.
Posted by Haylie Shipp