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'Unacceptable smell' forces pet food company into factory upgrade

08 March 2016

Nestle Purina Petcare will modify its factory after families in the area complained of a bad odour from the site.

The company has already spent £1 million over the past two years in making improvements to its odour abatement systems. 

After being contacted by environmental solicitors Huge James, which is representing 16 families who live close to the site, and the Environment Agency, the company agreed to make “further improvements” to those systems. 

“Following a full technical review of our processes, we have agreed to make further improvements to our existing processes in order to minimise odour releases from the site,” a spokesman for Nestle Purina Petcare said. 

“These improvements will be made in 2016 and will ensure that the site remains compliant with the relevant environmental standards. 

“Over the past two years we have invested more than £1m in improvements to our odour abatement systems and while no abatement technique can remove 100 per cent of odours, these investments have led to significant improvements in odour emissions. 

“We understand the concerns of local residents and will continue to work with them and with local authorities in order to address this issue.”

Gwen Evans, a partner of Hugh James said families should be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. 

“The evidence we have seen suggests that residents have been exposed to an unacceptable level of odour from the site,” she said.
“People in these circumstances are entitled to compensation for what they have suffered in the past, and potentially an injunction to prevent the continuation of this nuisance in future. Those affected should contact us for more details if they would like to make a claim.”

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