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Irwindale City (California) Council Declares The Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory a Public Nuisance

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Fox – A Southern California city declared the factory that produces Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance Wednesday night, and gave its operators 90 days to make changes that stop the spicy odors that have prompted complaints from some residents. The Irwindale City Council’s action allows city officials to enter the factory and order changes if the odors persist after the 90-day deadline. The measure passed by a unanimous 4-0 vote. The decision came despite testimony by air-quality experts that progress was being made toward a resolution. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said its inspectors have taken air samples inside the plant, and believed the information gathered should allow the factory and the city to resolve their differences. Attorney John Tate, who represents Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods, Inc., said the company had been working with the AQMD on its filtration system since the complaints first arose and was committed to finding long-term solutions by June 1. Irwindale sued Huy Fong Foods last October, asking a judge to halt production at the company’s factory, saying residents downwind complained that fumes from the grinding of red hot chili peppers was stinging their eyes and giving them headaches and coughing fits. In November a judge ordered the company to stop producing the annoying odors, but by then the annual pepper-grinding season, which runs from August through October, had ended. A preliminary injunction in the case was granted and a trial is set for November.


I’m on record as saying that out of all the overrated things out there, Sriracha takes the gold medal. It’s not that I hate it. It’s that I prefer so many other hot sauces before I choose Sriracha. I don’t need it on all my foods. It doesn’t need to be a staple on the restaurant table next to the ketchup and the Sweet n Low. It’s a 6/10 hot sauce. That’s it. How and why this run of the mill “hot sauce” caught on I’ll never know (cough hipsters cough). But now its burning the eye balls of everyone that lives where they make this stuff. Can’t even walk down the street in Irwindale City without a rooster shitting in your eyes and making you cough up a lung. Seems pretty much par for the course. Sriracha just straight up poisoning everyone around it. Seems like a great company to me, except not at all. I’ll stick to real hot sauces, and let the hipsters go nuts with their stupid little green caps.