In Portland, Oregon, state health inspectors forced seven year old Julie Murphy to shut down her lemonade stand or face a $500 fine because she had not paid the $120 fee to have her stand inspected. The county later apologized. Critics point out that the Food and Drug Administration only inspects two percent of seafood entering West Coast ports from Asia.
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon also sponsors child lemonade stands. No word on its reaction to the crackdown.