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cwm13.gif So much for Homeland Security. It took four years to track this down.shakehead.gif

 

 

NYC's Bloomberg Blames Jersey Plant for Syrup Odor (Update2)

 

By Chris Dolmetsch

 

Feb. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Ooh, that smell. It's coming from New Jersey.

 

 

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that the source of a mysterious maple syrup-like odor wafting through parts of the city since 2005 is a New Jersey maker of additives for foods and fragrances.

 

 

The smell -- which doesn't pose any health risks -- was traced to a Frutarom Industries Ltd. plant in North Bergen that processes the seeds of the fenugreek plant for use in additives, Bloomberg said in a televised press conference at City Hall.

 

 

"I never smelled it, but I do for the record like maple syrup on my French toast," said Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News.

 

 

The smell was first reported in October 2005, when New Yorkers began calling the city's 311 line to ask about a maple syrup-like odor, Bloomberg said.

 

 

The scent would return every few months, then quickly disappear "without a trace," he said. When the odor was reported again on Jan. 5, the city "sprang into action," collecting air samples and analyzing wind patterns to locate the source, Bloomberg said.

 

 

Most of the complaints were coming from Manhattan's Upper West Side and Morningside Heights neighborhoods, and the incidents often occurred on days when winds moved west to east at moderate speeds -- fast enough to carry odors across the Hudson River but not to disperse them quickly.

 

 

Sniffing the Wind

 

 

The odor showed up again on the night of Jan. 29, and an analysis of the wind and atmospheric conditions identified industrial facilities in northern New Jersey as the probable source, he said. When it was discovered that Frutarom was processing fenugreek seeds for food additives that night, the mystery was solved.

 

 

The smell will probably return when certain wind and humidity conditions are right, because there are a number of plants in northern New Jersey that process odor-producing products such as fenugreek, he said.

 

 

Fenugreek, which has been used by humans since at least 1500 B.C., is commonly employed in cooking. The herb is also used as a treatment for diabetes and loss of appetite and to stimulate milk production in breast-feeding women, according to the National Institutes of Health's Web site.

 

 

Tastes Like Pancakes

 

 

It flavors artificial maple syrup, and milk produced by breast-feeding women who take it can smell and taste like the pancake topping.

 

 

Bloomberg said New Jersey's reputation for odors is "unfair."

 

 

"Most of New Jersey is not industrial; it's residential and it's farm and it's a beautiful state," he said. "There's a part of New Jersey that's close to New York City that has traditionally been an industrial community, and it has the problems of every industrial location," including New York.

 

 

The company doesn't appear to be breaking any laws, the mayor said. Nobody answered the phone at the Frutarom plant in New Jersey or at company headquarters in Haifa, Israel, today. scuba.gif

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It's kind of odd that residents of a city that smells like $--t on a regular basis "complain" about the scent of maple syrup.

 

If they really want to complain, they need to drive through Staten Island on a hot summer day.

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View PostIt's kind of odd that residents of a city that smells like $--t on a regular basis "complain" about the scent of maple syrup.

 

If they really want to complain, they need to drive through Staten Island on a hot summer day.

 

HEY WATCH IT! mad.gif

 

 

Ok, your right but it's only on the side closest to JERSEY!!! LOL!

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