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Utah's Young Living Slapped With Fine For Illegal Oil Trafficking

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The U.S. Department of Justice is ordering Utah-based Young Living Essential Oils to pay $760,000 for illegally trafficking tree oil from South America.

Between 2010 and 2014, several Young Living employees and contractors harvested, transported and distilled about 86 tons of protected Brazilian rosewood from Peru, prohibited by Peruvian law.

That’s according to a release from the Department of Justice this week detailing a plea agreement with the Lehi-based multi-level marketing firm.

Young Living also illegally exported spikenard oil harvested in Nepal to the United Kingdom without a permit in December 2015.

In a statement, Young Living said they became aware of the situation in late 2014 and hired outside counsel to conduct an internal investigation. They later turned the information over to federal authorities in July 2015.

The company apologized and said they had instituted a new government-approved compliance program to ensure they acquire plant products from legal sources.


Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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