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Lemonade stands get reprieve: Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen apologizes for health inspection shutdown
Published: The ONLINE OREGONIAN. Thursday, August 05, 2010, 8:02 PM Updated: Friday, August 06, 2010, 12:20 PM
Multnomah County's top elected official apologized Thursday for health inspectors who forced a 7-year-old girl to shut down her stand last week because she didn't have a food-safety permit.
Chairman Jeff Cogen also said he has directed county health department workers to use "professional discretion" in doing their jobs. (Robocops, pls note!)
Cogen said the inspectors were "following the rule book," but should consider that food-safety laws are aimed at adults engaged in a professional food business, not kids running lemonade stands.
"A lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do," he said. "I don't want to be in the business of shutting that down."