Foul stench from pet food factory sparks complaints

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A foul odour coming from a Sudbury pet food factory has once again triggered complaints.

While many in the town have been enjoying the recent sunshine, some have complained about being shut indoors due to the smell emanating from Nestlé Purina Pet Care on Chilton Industrial Estate.

Nearby residents claim they have been plagued by the pungent pollution for years and it is worse when the weather is warm or in windy conditions.

Jo Hawes is one of those who is affected. “The weather has been gorgeous, just perfect for enjoying the garden and benefitting from the hard work and expense that we have put into it,” she said.

“Due to the nauseating smell, however, we have been shut in our bungalow with our doors and windows firmly closed.

“It is amazing that we can put men on the moon, but cannot stop a smell. Will anything ever be done about this?”

Over the summer, the Environment Agency received various complaints about the stench and held a meeting with company bosses in an attempt to explore methods to reduce the problem.

In November, members of Sudbury Town Council vowed to monitor what efforts were being made to tackle the smell, which has been likened to rotten vegetables and boiling meat.

Nestlé Purina, which makes a range of pet foods, has always maintained that it does everything possible to keep unwanted odours to a minimum.

A company spokeswoman said it had invested substantially in abatement equipment.

“We are continuing to work with the Environment Agency to reduce odours to the minimum possible level,” she said.

Calls in relation to the smell should be made to the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.