Elizabeth II considers revoking the Royal Warrant after the cheese maker caused a death in trout and salmon by dumping waste into a Cornish river.
River polluters cannot have royal patronage. There Queen Elizabeth II may soon revoke the “Royal Warrant” granted to her favorite brand of cheddarBuckingham Palace sources told the Guardian. For the sovereign this is not an easy step, it is explained, because it is a cheese that she appreciates very much. But the royal family is very environmentally conscious and Davistow Cheddar, made by Dairy Crest, has just been fined £ 1.5 million for polluting Cornwall’s River Inny, leading to a death in trout and salmon.
Patronage is granted by Queen Elizabeth and her son and heir Charles to their favorite suppliers, who thus obtain the right to display the royal coat of arms on the packaging. It is a prestigious symbol of quality boasting 800 brands, including Bollinger champagne producers, Waitrose supermarkets and the temple of gastronomy and luxury Fortnum and Mason. But of course such an honor must be deserved.
Dairy Crest, now owned by the Canadian company Saputo, has come under the crosshairs of the British Environment Agency after having poured liquid and solid residues into the Inny River for years, polluting its waters and banks. In one particular incident, biocides contained in the waste resulted in the deaths of hundreds of fish, while local residents complained of the lingering smell of rotten eggs. Sources from the royal palace reported having talked about it with the company. “Dairy Crest has been making us aware of the matter for some time now and has been keeping us informed of their actions in response,” a spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Daily Crest did not comment on the possible loss of the Royal Warrant, but offered its “sincere apologies” to those affected by the pollution of the Ony, announcing that it had “invested significant resources” to “improve environmental performance and minimize the impact on the local community “. But in the meantime, several environmental associations have welcomed the possibility of the Queen’s intervention, suggesting the revocation of royal patronage to other intensive production of meat and cheese.
“This case is emblematic of a national problem” – said Robert Percival of the Soil Association – only 16% of the waters that flow in England are close to their original state. And the intensive livestock rearing, which supply most of the meat and dairy needs, is partly responsible “.