The stench of unanswered questions

"Some fumes which are not poisonous would be a welcome change."  - S. Holmes

"Some fumes which are not poisonous would be a welcome change." - S. Holmes

Astute reader J. suggests that it’s more than just coincidence, that they solved the mystery of the maple syrup aroma mere days after I mentioned it here. He may be right.

The Gothamist isn’t buying it, either. In fact, according to the crack journalists over there, this may not be the end of the mystery at all. Frutarom itself, one of the factories accused of producing the aroma, expressed surprise at the accusation.

But the real money quote is this one: “Some health experts believe that it is highly unlikely that a food-based emission from a small plant like this could be so strongly detected three or four miles away,” said North Bergen spokesman Phil Swibinski. It has been smelled as far away as the Bronx and Queens.

Yet the Health Department is able to “confirm” that the odor is perfectly safe.

And, dear readers, when I first smelled it, it was 11:30 at night and, as I recall, quite still.

I think they’re afraid I was about to blow the cover right off their operation, so they came up with these factories in New Jersey to explain it – knowing that nobody from New York would ever go and check it out. I mean, it’s  New Jersey. And anyway, we’re used to funny smells coming from that direction, right?

This whole thing stinks.

(I did enjoy the visual of all the inspectors running around with little cannisters, trying to catch a smell.)

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