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Allergic reaction prompts Royal Asia to recall soup from Costco

Tai Foong USA of Seattle is recalling Royal Asia branded frozen “Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup” — sold exclusively at Costco stores in six states — because it contains egg that is not declared on the label and has caused a confirmed reaction in at least one person. Costco began selling the soup in January at stores in… Continue Reading

Utah isn’t appealing the demise of its 2012 “Ag-Gag” law

Utah will not appeal a federal court ruling that the state’s 2012 law against agricultural operation interference violates the U.S. Constitution. It is the only one of several state “Ag-Gag” laws which resulted in someone’s arrest and brief jailing. A spokesman for Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes Thursday told Food Safety News there would be… Continue Reading

CDC joins E. coli investigation along Utah-Arizona border

In the last couple weeks, the posse has gotten bigger, but the source of a troubling E. coli O157:H7 outbreak on the Utah-Arizona border still has not been identified. Now joined in the ongoing investigation into the Hildale,UT/Colorado City, AZ, area outbreak are the Southwest Utah Public Health Department, Mohave County Department of Health, Utah… Continue Reading

Utah’s ‘ag-gag’ law is second to be found unconstitutional

Utah’s law criminalizing “both lying to get into an agricultural operation and filming once inside” violates the First Amendment and has been declared unconstitutional by Federal Judge Robert J. Shelby. The ruling announced late Friday by the U.S. District Court for Utah resolves the first lawsuit in the nation to challenge a state’s so-called ag-gag… Continue Reading

Mixed district court ‘ag-gag’ rulings are getting appellate review

The question of whether otherwise illegal acts — like lying on an employment application —  are Constitutionally protected if they prevent enterprising reporters or animal activists from being successful is now framed before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals meeting in Seattle. And two more District Court decisions could soon have the… Continue Reading

Letter From The Editor: ‘Ag-gag’ end game in hands of many

Opinion

Funny thing about the federal courts. When enough of them get involved in an issue, they can end up showing how something can be done legally that previously was on shaky ground and subject to dispute when it all began. And we are not just talking about the Trump travel ban. Six years ago in… Continue Reading

Federal courts are slowly reviewing state ‘ag-gag’ laws

At this point, you would need a large barn yard just to hold all the attorneys who are involved and waiting for a decision by a federal judge on Utah’s ag-gag law. U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby for the District of Utah has had the issue on his docket since July 22, 2013…. Continue Reading

‘Ag-gag’ action moves from state houses to federal courts

State statutes making it impossible to get in and out of animal confinement areas without breaking the law are being challenged in at least four federal courts around the country. Among the issues that will be explored during a federal trial in Utah scheduled for later this year is whether professional journalists should have any… Continue Reading

Utah bill seeks to remove meat, poultry oversight from state vet

The only thing that is certain about Utah House Bill 211 is that if it becomes law, escaping bison will have to jump higher. But then there’s the question raised by the Salt Lake Tribune asserting that  the role of the state veterinarian is being diminished, removing meat and poultry inspection from that office’s preview…. Continue Reading

Some Utah dairies could sell raw and pasteurized milk

Lehi Republican Jacob L. Anderegg has a modest request before the Utah House of Representatives. He wants the dozen or so raw milk producers who also have retail stores on their property to also be able to sell pasteurized milk. His House Bill (HB) 194 is on the second reading calendar. If it can get… Continue Reading