Oh, Lordy…I wish this was a joke. From the L.A. Times:
It’s well known that a spoonful of Sriracha, an Asian hot sauce made by Huy Fong Foods, can burn your mouth.
But in Irwindale, where the hot sauce’s production facilities are, residents are complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by a powerful, painful odor that the city says appears to be emanating from the factory during production. The smell is so aggressive that one family was forced to move a birthday party indoors after the spicy odor descended on the festivities, said Irwindale City Atty. Fred Galante.
The city of Irwindale filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, claiming that the odor was a public nuisance and asking a judge to stop production until the smell can be reduced.
“Given how long it’s going on, we had no choice but to institute this action,” Galante said.
Irwindale officals repeatedly met with representatives from Huy Fong Foods to discuss methods of reducing the odors, according to the suit. Huy Fong representatives cooperated at first but later denied there was an odor problem, saying their employees worked in similar olfactory settings without complaint, Galante said.
Calls and emails to Huy Fong Foods were not immediately returned Monday evening.
Huy Fong Foods’ Sriracha sauce was invented in Chinatown by Vietnamese immigrant David Tran. The sauce quickly grew in popularity, and it’s green-capped clear plastic bottle has become a fixture at restaurants around the the U.S., even spawning a cookbook, a Lay’s chip flavor and a pending documentary. Last Sunday, crowds gathered downtown for the first ever L.A. Sriracha Festival.
Huy Fong Foods, which makes two other sauces, had operated out of two buildings in Rosemead since the late 1980s. The company began sauce production in a 655,000-square-foot factory in Irwindale last year.
Count this site as pro Sriracha sauce.
I think it’s interesting that the City of Irwindale couldn’t wait to get their hands on the tax revenue generated by this facility, along with all the payroll taxes that are being generated by this facility.
It’s just hard for me to see this happen in a country that allows Fertilizer Plants to explode and level whole towns, but can’t let Chili Sauce get made in. Granted these are two different States, but you get my meaning.
Look, Sriracha isn’t going anywhere…except maybe out of the town of Irwindale. There’s too much demand for this stuff.