Processing Magazine

EPA files complaint against Campbell Soup

December 28, 2004
According to the Associated Press, the Environmental Protection Agency has accused Campbell Soup Company of violating clean-air provisions at a California plant, the company said. The EPA alleged that nitrogen oxide emissions from Campbell Soup''s tomato-processing plant in Stockton, Calif., exceeded allowable levels over a five-day period in 2002, the company said in a regulatory filing. The Camden, N.J., food company, which makes Pepperidge Farm snacks and Prego sauces in addition to its signature soups, said it received an EPA finding and notice of violation in August. That was followed in September by an EPA complaint and notice of opportunity for hearing. The EPA''s complaint requested a penalty be assessed on the company. Campbell Soup said in the filing that penalties in such administrative actions are generally limited to $200,000 under the federal Clean Air Act.