DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines city officials say residents are complaining about a putrid smell that forced patio diners at one restaurant to move indoors.
The Des Moines Register says (http://dmreg.co/NEVTq4 ) the stench was traced to an animal rendering plant less than a mile southeast of the downtown. City officials say they received 14 calls Monday night, enough to trigger the city's first odor inspection in 10 years.
Bruce Gerleman, who owns a downtown seafood restaurant, describes the odor as a "putrid, dead animal smell."
He says dignitaries dining at his restaurant after a World Food Prize ceremony complained about the smell Monday night. He says patio diners at Jethro's BBQ, another restaurant he owns, were so offended that they moved indoors.
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Inspectors traced the smell to Darling International, which processes animal byproducts.
Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com