The Source of That Mysterious Maple Syrup Smell: Israel

The source of a mysterious maple syrup-like odor, which wafted over the island of Manhattan on several occasions since 2005, appears to be the 76-year-old, Haifa-based company Frutaron, according to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The New York Times reports:

Frutarom, “a flavor and fine ingredients company” was founded in 1933, originally under the name Frutarom Palestine Ltd. According to its Web site, “The company’s foundation was promoted by Professor Haim Weizman, the first President of the State of Israel and a known chemist,” the site states.

To see a gallery of photographs documenting Frutarom’s early days, click here.

Today, Frutarom is listed on the Tel Aviv and London stock exchanges.

The company apparently never caught wind of Mayor Bloomberg’s investigation and, according to the The Jersey Journal, issued the following statement:

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