U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Philip Seng has just returned from a visit to the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan, the area hardest hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in early March.

Seng helped serve meals featuring U.S. pork to displaced families attempting to recover from the disaster. Meal distribution is just one aspect of a Japan relief and recovery effort organized by USMEF and its partners in the U.S. beef and pork industries. National and state beef and pork organizations, processors, exporters and numerous individuals have contributed about $600,000 toward this effort so far – a commitment that is very much appreciated in Japan.

Seng, who lived in Japan for many years as USMEF’s director of Asian operations, reports on his experience in the Tohoku region and on upcoming activities related to the relief and recovery effort in the attached audio report.