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Individual Animals (Again) Get on the Crime Victims List in Oregon


Oregon is again the first state where prosecutors may count each abused animal as a crime victim. The state did so once before and then took it back, but now it has reinstated the court precedent to let animals count as individuals under state law. Non-humans have long had victim status under the law. Partnerships,… Continue Reading

Oregon Outbreak Museum Memorializes What We’ve Learned About Foodborne Illness


When revolutionary epidemiologist William Keene started working for the Oregon Public Health Division in 1990, he also started collecting packaging from recalled products, restaurant menus, and other elements from his outbreak investigations and displaying them in his office. “These exhibits commemorate why we do these investigations and the kind of products and things that can… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: The Unexpected Food Safety Problem



The Controlled Substances Act, which is not being enforced in states with recreational and medical marijuana, should be amended by Congress to explicitly allow any state marijuana and hemp policies without federal interference. That polite “butt out” request was made to the federal government last week in Seattle by the National Conference of State Legislatures… Continue Reading

Salmonella Typhimurium Sickens At Least 50 Oregon Conference Attendees


Public health officials in Oregon are looking into what caused 50-some people to become sickened by Salmonella typhimurium after a conference in late June. A spokeswoman for Multnomah County said several illnesses were confirmed after an Open Source Bridge Conference held June 23-26 at the Eliot Center in downtown Portland, and that there were reports of gastrointestinal problems from… Continue Reading

GMO Ban Off to Bumpy Start in Oregon’s Jackson County


There’s law and there’s reality in the first Oregon county with a voter-approved law to ban genetically engineered crops. The law took effect last Saturday, June 13, but Jackson County is not enforcing it yet. In reality, the ordinance could qualify as a “regulatory taking” under the U.S. Constitution, meaning that local taxpayers may have… Continue Reading

Grandmother of E. Coli Victim Backs Oregon Bill to Require Earlier Testing

Serena Profitt

The grandmother of a 4-year-old Oregon girl who died last September after testing positive for an E. coli infection is advocating legislation to require testing of children for the pathogen after four consecutive days of specific symptoms. Sherri Profitt of Otis, OR, told KATU-TV that her granddaughter, Serena Profitt, should have been tested for E. coli much sooner than… Continue Reading

Oregon’s Ban on Raw Milk Advertising Could be Headed for the History Books


Oregon’s ban on advertising raw milk, which is no longer enforced, will likely be removed from the law books entirely after a 9-0 vote Thursday by the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. The favorable committee vote moves House Bill 2446 as written to the floor without any amendments. It now appears likely that the… Continue Reading

Peak of 2015 Legislative Season Underway for State Lawmakers


This week marked the beginning of what’s called “the peaking season” for state lawmakers, and it’s seen some food-safety-related bills moving forward without producing any big trends. The “peaking season” refers to the fact that all but three of 50 state legislatures were in session this week, and that lawmaking will continue at this heighten… Continue Reading

China Joins List of Countries Restricting U.S. Poultry Imports Due to Avian Flu


On Tuesday, China joined a growing list of countries barring U.S. poultry imports after avian influenza was found in backyard chicken and guinea fowl flocks in Oregon and Washington. More than 30 countries have banned or restricted the import of poultry originating in one or both of those states. China and the 28 members of… Continue Reading

Close Vote on Oregon GE-Labeling Initiative Prompts Automatic Recount


Oregon’s automatic recount of Measure 92, which would require labeling of some foods with genetically engineered ingredients, is now underway. Election officials in the state’s 36 counties have until Dec. 12 to finish their hand recounts of Measure 92 ballots. The first count found that Measure 92 failed by just 809 votes out of about… Continue Reading