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China: Joint-venture involving Carlsberg found to be polluting local water supplies

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Company response
13 April 2007

[Carlsberg response to concerns re pollution in Gansu, China

Author: Carlsberg Brewery Hong Kong Limited

The waste water treatment plant starts operating next week! We are sorry about the timing in this case – we have actually tried and hoped to get the waste water treatment plant in place in 2006. On the other hand, we are very happy it opens next week.

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9 April 2007

Carlsberg beer factory pollutes water in Gansu [China]

Author: Jongo News

A joint venture of world-renowned beer brand Carlsberg has polluted the water source of Tianshui city in Gansu province for more than ten years according to a report from CCTV...Benma Beer Factory [is] a joint venture of Carlsberg...[T]he water from the beer factory is polluted and doesn't undergo a comprehensive purifying process before it is released into a local field. Also neighboring this field is a "protected water source" and the tap water processing and manufacturing plant of the city...[E]vidence shows that the factory is indeed dumping their water in the vicinity of the tap water plant and pollutants are finding their way into the city's water source.

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