It was me! Pickle plant says it's to blame for foul stench in southwest suburbs


The source of a foul smell that was hanging over some folks in the southwestern suburbs has finally been discovered.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office received dozens of calls about the sulfur-like smell Wednesday morning, WCCO reports, which sent city officials from Eden Prairie and Shakopee, as well as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to hunt down the source of the stench.

For most of the day, officials were stumped and couldn't figure out the cause of the foul smell, Eden Prairie News says. Initially, officials thought it was a defunct state-owned landfill in Eden Prairie, or perhaps a Metropolitan Council-owned wastewater plant in Shakopee.

But that wasn't the case.

It turns out the rotten smell was coming from a pickle plant in nearby Chaska.

Gedney Foods, which has been pickling vegetables in the city since 1893, came forward and said it caused the foul odor.

But it wasn't pickles people were smelling. The company started its annual spring aeration on Tuesday, which can generate odor for about 24 hours, the company said in a statement.

The company has operated its own water treatment plant since the 1960s, the statement notes, but the smell likely became an issue Wednesday because it was windy, which can cause the smell to "stir and carry," a spokesperson for the company told BringMeTheNews Thursday.

Gedney says the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency was informed the company was starting up its aeration, noting it follows state and federal regulations for the process.

By Wednesday night, the smell was pretty much gone, but that didn't stop people from making light of the stinky situation on social media.

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