Evidently. Following up on the story from yesterday, comes this tidbit from the L.A. Times. Apparently, the Chili Sauce Factory has complied with a City request for more protection from the smell. They were inspected and the City issued no citations…
…and yet, they’re still suing.
This is a little weird now. Why are they suing when they didn’t issue a citation? Is this the City of Irwindale trying to get out of whatever contract they’re under with the Huy Fong Food Company? That’s what it’s start to feel like.
Now, this from Huy Fong Foods.
The price of Sriracha may jump if a court orders the hot sauce factory to halt production over a dispute with the city of Irwindale, the company’s chief executive said.
“If the city shuts us down, the price of Sriracha will jump up a lot,” said CEO and founder David Tran of Huy Fong Foods, which makes the hot sauce.
Tran said the company is packing about 200,000 bottles of sauce a day. Every bottle produced is already sold and the company is struggling to meet demand.
After residents complained of burning eyes and throats and in some cases headaches, the city asked a judge Monday to halt operations at the plant. The plant, which processes raw materials for the sauce for about three months a year, is currently in the middle of a chile harvesting cycle.
When the city approached the factory about the smell last year, Tran said the company installed active carbon filters and has since installed a second layer in response to smell complaints.
Inspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District have also inspected the plant twice and issued no citations, Tran said.
“I read the city’s report and I was very surprised,” Tran said.