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Michigan Sugar sued over plant odors

Nov 17, 2016
From Michigan Sugar Company website

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Michigan Sugar Company over foul smells from its Bay City plant.

The complaint claims terrible odors have interfered with local residents' use of their property and have reduced their property values. It seeks damages on their behalf.

The complaint says the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has received approximately 800 complaints about the plant and has confirmed the presence of strong sewer-like to manure-like odors.

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There's long been a tug of war between corn growers and sugar refiners over who can get their sweetener into more products. Reuters reports that high fructose corn syrup has been gaining on sugar lately because of higher sugar prices.

Now, sugar growers are suing over a ad campaign that is trying to change the image of high fructose corn syrup.

Michigan Sugar Company has joined a lawsuit against corn processors who are trying to rebrand high-fructose corn syrup as "corn sugar."