Ont. cheesemaker’s waste treatment upgrades funded

A southern Ontario cheesemaker has picked up public funding to upgrade to a “fully functioning” wastewater treatment system.

Black River Cheese at Milford, about 45 km southeast of Belleville, will get $264,000 in rural economic development funding from the province for the project.

Following the upgrades, the province said in a release Friday, the plant’s waste water would be treated to “exceed current environmental standards and help in the provincial initiative for safe drinking water.”

The Prince Edward County company, set up by area farmers in 1901, currently markets its cheddar, mozzarella, brick, fresh curd and flavoured mozzarella through “natural” health food stores and specialty sections of supermarkets.

“With the provincial investment in improving our wastewater management process, we can continue making quality local cheeses and help protect the environment at the same time,” general manager Robin Ferguson said in the province’s release.

“These projects will enable cheese makers to remain strong in today’s economy, and will help these companies to reduce their environmental impact,” area MLA and Agriculture Minister Leona Dombrowsky said in the same release.

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