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Japan to Accept U.S. Sheep and Goat Meat Exports

Thursday, July 19, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The government of Japan finalized technical requirements that will allow U.S. sheep and goat meat exports into the country for the first time in more than 14 years. Japan halted shipments of U.S. lamb in 2003 following the detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the U.S. cattle herd. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is updating its Official Listing for the Export Verification (EV) Program to reflect companies that are eligible to export sheep and goat meat to Japan. Eligible products must meet the specified requirements listed in the Food Safety and Inspection Service Export Library .

Japan’s lamb imports reached a record value of $168 million in 2017. Australia is the top supplier of lamb entering Japan followed by New Zealand. The newly restored market access, however, marks a significant step for U.S. sheep and goat meat exports, as Japan is already the leading value market for U.S. beef and pork.

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