Argentine Govt. closes Danone factory over health risks to workers & nearby residents

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24 August 2007

Danone factory in Argentina partially closed by govt due to pollution problems

Author: Thomson Financial

Part of a dairy products factory in Argentina belonging to French food giant Danone has been partially closed as a preventive measure due to problems with pollution, according to a decision by the Secretary for the Environment... The problems at the factory...will put at risk 'not only the factory's 1,500 employees, but all of the surrounding area's inhabitants', he added.

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24 August 2007

Danone–Argentina: Closed due to Contamination

Author: Center for Human Rights & Environment (CEDHA)

In a series of sting operations cracking down on contaminating industries, Danone-Argentina...was preventively closed late yesterday due to worker and community risks presented by ammonium and compressed air storage facilities at one of its plants in Longchamps, Buenos Aires... The crackdown is part of a clean-up operation launched this year in one of the region's most contaminated river systems, the Matanza Riachuelo, an urban river running through Buenos Aires and home to some 3,000 industries, which have (with almost absolute impunity) polluted the river basin over the last 150 years. [also refers to Dow Chemical]

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