Category Archives: Dept. of Agriculture (ODA)

ODA Workgroup Sets Sights on Notorious Pesticide

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has organized a task force to evaluate and regulate the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos. According to the ODA, chlorpyrifos is “one of the most widely-used active ingredients in agricultural insect control products in the world.” In the state of Oregon the pesticide is primarily used to protect Christmas trees, alfalfa, grass, […]
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North Coast reopens for razor clamming

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the opening of the north coast beaches for recreational razor clamming. Recreational razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head (south of Seaside). Recent razor clam samples indicate the marine biotoxin domoic acid has dropped […]
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Oregon farm regulators seek to hire new hemp investigators

Oregon farm regulators have won approval from a key legislative committee to hire two specialists focused on hemp inspections and enforcement. Source: Oregon farm regulators seek to hire new hemp investigators

Raw deal at Ag. Dept. | Opinion

Oregonians easily can check whether their favorite restaurants meet basic standards for food safety. But grocery stores? Nope. That information is off-limits without filing a public records request. The state officials responsible for regulating grocery stores see no problem with that lack of transparency and public accountability. Really! It took a newspaper, The Oregonian in Portland, […]
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How clean is your grocery store? Search our Oregon health inspections database

The Oregon Department of Agriculture inspects about 1,100 grocery stores that handle and prepare raw foods. The Oregonian/OregonLive put the results online. Source: How clean is your grocery store? Search our Oregon health inspections database

Siding with grocers, Oregon doesn’t grade grocery stores on food safety

When The Oregonian/OregonLive set out to create the state’s first online database of grocery store food safety inspections, the newsroom looked for a metric that would allow Oregonians to easily compare stores. It’s a routine feature in some states, where letter grades or numeric scores for grocery stores allow consumers to see how their local […]
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These 21 Oregon grocery stores did the worst on state health inspections

In Oregon, it hasn’t always been simple to find out how your local grocery store performs in routine state food safety inspections — until today. Source: These 21 Oregon grocery stores did the worst on state health inspections – oregonlive.com

Editorial: State not performing internal audits

Oregon legislators required with a state law that many larger agencies perform internal audits. But not all agencies are. Oregon legislators required with a state law that many larger agencies perform internal audits. But not all agencies are. Legislators should review the law and ensure agencies comply. Source: Editorial: State not performing internal audits | […]
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ODA: Environmental mess at Oregon dairy Lost Valley Farm cleaned up

An environmental mess at a shuttered Eastern Oregon mega-dairy has been successfully cleaned up, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has decided. ODA issued a “Notice of Satisfaction” to Lost Valley Farm’s bankruptcy trustee on Dec. 30, 2019. The trustee was responsible for the cleanup under a January 2019 agreement allowing the farm to be sold. […]
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Regulators satisfied with cleanup at controversial Oregon dairy

State regulators are satisfied with the cleanup of a controversial Eastern Oregon dairy that shut down in early 2019 following numerous repeated manure and wastewater violations. The Oregon Department of Agriculture issued a “letter of satisfaction” for the cleanup at Lost Valley Farm on Dec. 30. The defunct dairy near Boardman was previously approved for […]
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