What Smells In New York?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The source of that maple syrupy-smell that has troubled Upper West Siders, and confounded city environmental officials, since October, 2005, has been found.

Mayor Bloomberg says it comes from Fruitarom, a New Jersey company that turns fenugreek seeds into food additives.

The mayor says Fruitarom is not breaking any laws. He says the smell is harmless, and people should get used to it.

BLOOMBERG: On the days in the future when Frutarom and other businesses in the area process the seed and the weather conditions are just right there's a good chance that some of us will catch a whiff of the smell once again. It just happens to be one of the aromas that we're going to have to live with.

REPORTER: City investigators revised their methods, after the last "maple syrup event" on January 29th.

They mapped 311 calls, and checked wind and weather conditions, tracing the smell to Fruitarom. The company has not responded to calls for comment.


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