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Court rejects “hazardous to health” odour appeal

An electrical-components manufacturer has lost an appeal against a decision that the health of its workers was not adversely affected by strong smells generated by a neighbouring business, reports SHP Online.

Hirose Electrical UK Ltd. lodged a nuisance claim against Peak Ingredients Ltd. which manufactures a substance smelling of curry and/or garlic. Hirose complained that the spicy smell had caused breathing difficulties by asthmatics, sinus problems, severe headaches, sickness and nausea, and dry throats.

The deputy judge who tried the case in October last year, ruled against Hirose. Earlier this month the Court of Appeal confirmed the original verdict.

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