Jail's cheese farm criticised

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A cheese farm that cost more than pounds 100,000 to set up at East Sutton Park young offenders' institution and open prison for women, near Maidstone, Kent, was criticised by the Government's Chief Inspector of Prisons for losing money and being a pollution risk.

The National Rivers Authority has complained about 'fatty, cheesy substances' getting into a nearby river. Derek Lewis, director general of the Prison Service, said 'start up problems' had been resolved. The farm produces a ton of mozzarella and 500kg of ricotta a week.