Bill Would Allow for Shutting Down Unlicensed Food Operations

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon legislative committee will consider a bill that would allow the state to shut down the more than 600 food-related establishments operating without permits. House Bill 2060 would allow the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which licenses and inspects non-restaurant food establishments, to condemn or close operations that refuse to get food-safety permits or let them expire.

The Statesman Journal reports owners would get 30 days' notice before a closure order is issued. Violating the order would bring a $10,000 fine. The House Committee on Agriculture and Land Use will hold a public hearing on the proposal.