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No Marijuana Exemption in CO Initiative to Label GMOs

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A Colorado ballot initiative looks like it will make this fall’s general-election ballot after spending less than one-tenth of the amount spent to put a similar measure before Oregon voters in November. Both proposals call for labels on food made with genetically engineered ingredients. Colorado’s Initiative 48 should make the ballot with about $90,000 spent…. Continue Reading

Three States Sue 5-Hour Energy Makers For ‘Deceptive’ Advertising

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Oregon, Washington and Vermont have filed lawsuits against the makers of the energy drink 5-Hour Energy for making “deceptive” marketing claims. More states are expected to follow. The defendants in the cases are Living Essentials, which manufactures, markets, distributes, advertises and sells 5-Hour Energy, and Innovation Ventures, which developed the formula for the drink in… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Keep the Libraries Open!

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The Rogue River counties of Jackson and Josephine in Oregon were for years what they called “timber counties,” running their local public services with federal money paid “in lieu” of taxes. Drastic reductions in federal timber harvests were occurring about the time the whole economy tanked. So, Jackson and Josephine counties closed all their public… Continue Reading

Voters in Two Oregon Counties Approve Measures Banning GE Crops

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Voters in two Oregon counties have approved ballot measures to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered crops within their borders. On May 20, the Jackson County initiative passed with 66 percent of the vote, and the Josephine County initiative passed with 58 percent of the vote. The Jackson County measure requires “affected persons to harvest,… Continue Reading

Oregon Campylobacter Cluster Prompts Raw Oyster Recall

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The Oregon Health Authority has announced the investigation of a cluster of three Campylobacter cases among Oregon residents who consumed raw oysters. The oysters came from two different markets in Lane and Coos counties and were harvested from Coos Bay Oyster Company of Charleston, OR. Campylobacter is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes… Continue Reading

Two Cases of Rare Salmonella Detected in Oregon

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Two Oregonians have tested positive for a rare strain of Salmonella known as Salmonella overschie, according to the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. The first patient was a 28-year-old Coos County woman who fell ill in December. The second case was a minor in Lane County, which is separated from Coos County by Douglas… Continue Reading

Oregon Demands Documents on 5-Hour Energy’s Marketing Claims

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The Oregon Department of Justice is demanding that the makers of 5-Hour Energy hand over data supporting its advertising claims that the drink is doctor-recommended and that consumers won’t “crash” when its effects wear off. According to The Oregonian, the state is part of a 33-state investigation into the accuracy of the caffeinated drink’s marketing… Continue Reading

China Bans Shellfish From U.S. West Coast for Arsenic and Toxin Levels

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China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States after finding  high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters. The indefinite ban affects clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off the coast of Washington, Oregon, Alaska… Continue Reading

Oregon Seed Policy Dispute Sprouts Up on Special Session Agenda

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The state, not a patchwork of local voters, should regulate seed, according to the Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB). The bureau’s policy was turned into Senate Bill 633 during the last session of the Oregon Legislature, but it did not get a vote in the House. Now, SB 633 is back as part of the special… Continue Reading