Parmalat powder dusted several Winchester properties during incident last month

An NVN file photo of a Parmalat sign at the Winchester factory, overlaid on a milk drop image.

WINCHESTER — An equipment malfunction at Parmalat wafted a mix of powdered whey and lactose over several properties during an incident in Winchester last month.

Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) confirms the release of the “white powdery material” coated vehicles and outdoor patio furniture around 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 17.

“The company shut down the faulty equipment immediately when the release was discovered,” MECP spokesperson Gary Wheeler says of the incident, which Parmalat reported to the MECP on Tuesday morning, May 19.

“Ministry staff were in touch with the company to make sure they took measures to repair the equipment and arrange clean-up of neighbouring properties,” Wheeler wrote in a June 4 email, adding the company offered to clean up neighbouring properties in a notice issued to those affected by the dust. A copy of the notice was supplied to the ministry May 26.

“Ministry staff are currently following up with the company to determine how many residents accepted the clean-up offer from Parmalat and the status of clean-up efforts,” said the spokesperson. “We will continue to be involved as necessary.”


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