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Lami Food Company Issued Prohibition Notice

It is alleged that the company has been depositing its waste products alleged to be fat residues into a nearby drain which ended up in the Wailada River.
07 Sep 2020 10:01
Lami Food Company Issued Prohibition Notice
Alleged fat residues deposited into the drain at Wailada.

A food processing company in Wailada, Lami was issued a prohibition notice last Friday.

Ministry of Waterways and Environment Permanent Secretary, Joshua Wycliffe, confirmed the issuance of the notice and said that they were exploring immediate punitive measure options.

It is alleged that the company has been depositing its waste products alleged to be fat residues into a nearby drain which ended up in the Wailada River. This is the same river which the Wailada community uses as their source of food and swimming.

The factory in concern processes can meat products among other things.

Meanwhile, Cope Construction Limited beside the food processing company has been allegedly taking the blame by the community.

Director Satya Segran said: “Residents from the nearby settlements have been expressing their frustration at us thinking we were responsible for the mess.

“It smells horrible and looks very disgusting. We can clearly see fat residues on the side of the drain.”

Samuela Qoro of Valenicina Settlement said he used the river as a source of food. He claimed the stench from the disposal fouled the area.

“I have been noticing these white residues in the river. This is not a good thing,” he said.

Lami resident, Philip Rodan, said children played in the river and he also claimed that there were some industries in the area that had been getting away with dumping of rubbish into the river.

Edited by Selita Bolanavanua

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