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Utecht invites supervisors to tour Daybreak

By Staff | Mar 30, 2011

Sam Utecht of Daybreak Foods asked the Emmet County Board of Supervisors Tuesdays to tour the plant to see how the company is making efforts to control odors.

Utecht said he felt he should approach the board after recent comments regarding the origin of odors on the south side of Estherville. The Emmet County engineer’s office is keeping a log of odors from the Iowa Protein Solutions plant – something to which owner Doug Skinner has recently objected, saying the log singles out his business. Skinner told the board he drove around and in at least three instances determined the odors were not coming from IPS.

“I got the sense I should step into the fray,” Utecht said.

Utecht said about 40,000 tons of manure are hauled from Daybreak yearly as dry matter which is spread on area fields by North Iowa Nutrients.

Eggshells are dried and ground and fed back into the livestock feed supply as calcium and since 2005 wastewater has gone directly to the City of Estherville sewage treatment plant.

Utecht said the product is shipped in liquid form in tankers.

And, regarding Daybreak’s ventilation system, said Utecht, “I don’t consider that to be a problem.”

Utecht said customers – which include McDonald’s – insist that Daybreak Foods produces a wholesome food product. “They make that perfectly clear that we are responsible for protecting their brand,” he said.

He said the plant has 75 employees in Estherville with another 70 in Graettinger.

The board agreed to tour the plant 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 12.