Veg turns ponds pink

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BEETROOT juices from a factory have been blamed for turning ponds in Bury St Edmunds pink.

Last Tuesday, the Environment Agency began monitoring contaminated water in ponds in and around Mildenhall Road.

A spokesman for Premier Foods said: “This colouration is a result of waste water from the beetroot cooking process accidentally escaping from a partial collapse of the drainage system normally used to transport this water to the site’s effluent treatment plant.

“As soon as Premier Foods became aware of the problem, production was halted.”

A spokeswoman for the Environment Agency said: “There was a very limited effect on the environment.”