The most versatile hot sauce ever could be in jeopardy of losing its Irwindale, Calif. bottling factory as early as this week, says the L.A. Times. Local residents near Huy Fong Foods Inc.’s Sriracha hot sauce plant have filed over 30 separate complaints that the production of the famous hot sauce is emitting powerful odors that cause burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches among inhabitants of the nearby area.
In fact, the smell has gotten so potent that the city is now asking a judge to stop all production at the factory until the company can submit some sort of strategy toward remedying the noxious fumes. It is possible that the judge could acknowledge the public nuisance grievance any day now.
“If they fix it and the odor problems stop, we don’t need this order; but so far the odor complaints continue,” said Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante. He even added that one family had to move their child’s birthday party indoors because the strong smell was so disruptive.
“Given how long it’s going on, we had no choice but to institute this action,” Galante said. The judge will render a verdict on Thursday unless the city and Huy Fong Foods can come up with a compromise that can mitigate the effects of the factory’s production. The Times reports that Huy Hong Foods are denying that there is an odor problem and have argued that their employees are working in the setting without complaint.
Should the Irwindale plant be shut down indefinitely, the bottling of the company’s famous sauce will likely still continue thanks to their 68,000-square-foot building in Rosemead, California, which has not received any odor complaints. The Irwindale plant was erected in 2010 to keep up with rapid year-to-year increase in demand.