Japanese Pipe Fittings

Found Injurious to USThe U.S. International Trade Commission made a final determination that certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Japan are sold in the United States at less than fair value, thereby injuring the U.S. industry.

Anti-dumping duties will be assessed on the imports.

The finding stems from an ITC investigation instituted Sept. 16, 1987.

In 1986, the latest full year for which figures are available, Japan accounted for 65 percent of total U.S. imports of the pipe fittings. Taiwan accounted for 11 percent in the same period.

Eleven U.S. companies produce the pipe fittings at plants in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Louisiana.

Malaysia Opens Plant

To Extract Vitamin E

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - As part of Malaysia's efforts to diversify its uses of palm oil, the country Thursday opened a pilot plant to extract vitamin E from palm fatty acid distillate, a byproduct from physical refining of palm oil.

Primary Industries Minister Lim Keng Yaik said Malaysia hopes to go into commercial production of vitamin E after more data on the concentration of vitamin E and the cost of extraction are obtained. This may take about two years, he said.

New Zealand Sheep

Quarantine Lifted

WASHINGTON - Approximately 9,400 sheep imported into the United States from New Zealand were released from routine quarantine in Portland, Ore., this week.

David Herrick, an official of the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said that laboratory tests were ordered due to the death of some sheep, apparently connected to central nervous system disturbances, after they left New Zealand. But he said the test results were normal and the quarantine was lifted.

The USDA erroneously reported earlier that the quarantine was extended until March 23.