Mitchell Says “No” to Pet Food Canning Plant Due to Odor Concerns

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – City planners in the southeast region of South Dakota have rejected a proposal by a Minnesota company to build a $17 million pet food canning operation due to potential odor concerns.

The Mitchell Planning Commission unanimously rejected a conditional use permit request Monday from Farmers Union Industries to build a 70,000-square-foot pet food canning facility in Mitchell after a company official admitted an odor could be emitted from the proposed Performance Pet Products area near Interstate 90.

Company representatives say the “state-of-the-art” pet food canning would have limited or no odor, as the product is cooked in the can and a modern wastewater treatment approach could limit odors.

The Mitchell City Council will have the final say on whether the project moves forward.