AYER (CBS) – An Ayer tofu factory has been fined after residents complained the facility was producing a foul odor.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced that Nasoya Foods, USA has agreed to pay a $27,360 fine.

smelly factory Tofu Company Fined After Residents Complain Of Foul Odor

The odor in Ayer is coming from the Nasoya Foods plant. (Ben Parker/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)

Residents on Mulberry Circle had complained about a smell coming from the nearby plant, saying it smelled like rotten eggs or bad dairy.

Nasoya determined the source of the odor was hydrogen sulfide, a byproduct of the tofu production.

“This consent order requires immediate improvements to mitigate the odors while the company develops a plan for permanent upgrades,” said Mary Jude Pigsley, director of MassDEP’s Central Regional Office in Worcester. “Creating odor conditions that prevent residents from enjoying their own property is simply unacceptable.”


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