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One of UK’s biggest dairy firms fined £1.5m for polluting Cornwall river

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One of the UK’s biggest dairy firms has been fined £1.5m for repeatedly polluting a river near its Cornwall factory and causing local residents to suffer years of noxious smells – but the problems are continuing.Dairy Crest was sentenced on Thursday at Truro crown court for repeatedly breaching its environmental permit at Davidstow creamery in Camelford.

The site, the UK’s largest dairy processing facility, makes Cathedral City cheese, Clover and Country Life.The court heard how in 2016 Dairy Crest began to install cutting-edge equipment to process whey that could then be sold to baby formula manufacturers and as a probiotic food additive.However, the equipment did not work as it was meant to.

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