CDO Foodsphere freezes operations of two facilities in Malvar, Batangas

CDO Foodsphere Inc. said it temporarily suspended the operations of its wastewater treatment and rendering facilities in Malvar, Batangas after receiving an order from the Environment Department.

“In compliance with the DENR directive, we have temporarily suspended the operations of these two facilities while we are fast-tracking the improvements,” the company said in a statement.

CDO-Foodsphere operates a 60,000-square-meter manufacturing plant in Malvar town that produces more than 93,000 metric tons of processed meat products a year.

The Environment Department said it found out several violations related to the Malvar plant’s environmental compliance certificate.

CDO Foodsphere received a cease-and-desist order on Sept. 26 after the Environmental Management Bureau in Region 4-A investigated reports of “foul odor” emanating from the waste treatment facility within the manufacturing site.

CDO Foodsphere assured the public that the products it manufactures were clean and safe. “We have always adhered to good and responsible manufacturing practices and standards and will continue to do so,” it said.

The company said while it temporarily suspended the operations of its two facilities, “the rest of the plant remains to operate normally and ready to serve our customers.”“CDO Foodsphere Inc. has been a part of the lives of Filipinos for almost 45 years serving products that they can continuously trust.  We strongly support the programs of our government and remain committed in keeping our environment clean and safe,” it said.

The company said that when the implementation of its project causes adverse impacts to the environment or poses nuisance to public health and safety, it will “immediately suspend its operation until such time that appropriate remedial measures are effected.” With Rio Araja

Topics: CDO Foodsphere Inc. , wastewater treatment , rendering facilities , Malvar , Batangas , Department of Environment and Natural Resources
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