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Sriracha Wars Finally End, People of Irwindale Told to Suck It Up

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The past 9 months have been a nightmare for the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory. Last year, the city of Irwindale, California hit them with a lawsuit, claiming the chili odor emanating from the plant caused residents to suffer from burning eyes and irritated throats. A month later, the Sriracha factory was ordered to partially shut down, followed by a state order to stop shipping for 30 days.

In response to the City Council declaring the pungent smell a public nuisance, Huy Fong Foods erected a “No Tear Gas Made Here” banner in retaliation. It seemed like there was no end in sight to the hot sauce debacle.

Now, fans of the iconic Sriracha brand will be pleased to know that the lawsuit filed against the company has been dismissed and the public nuisance declaration dropped, reports The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. In a compromise, Huy Fong CEO David Tran announced that the building’s ventilation system was modified in order to address the odor complaints.

Looks like we can all rest easy.

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How We Feel About the Sriracha Factory Being Called a Public Nuisance

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Huy Fong Foods Invites Fans to Visit 650,000 Sq Ft Sriracha Mecca

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Die-hard Sriracha fans, here’s some exceptionally good news: Huy Fong Foods is inviting fans to visit their famed factory. Yes, the same factory that fell into a heated legal battle with the city of Irwindale, CA when nearby residents claimed the plant’s glorious odor was causing burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches.

Luckily, that apocalypse was avoided (for now) and to celebrate, the Willy Wonka of Sriracha is offering free tours of its 650,000 square foot mecca.

You can read the golden ticket, courtesy of The Sriracha Cookbook, below:

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Right now we’re daydreaming of what it looks like inside. Is there a chocolate Sriracha river guests can take a dip in? A cheeky rooster that plops out golden eggs with a creamy Sriracha center? A Everlasting Sriracha Bottle that cold potentially put Slugworth out of business? Wait… sorry about that — we’re just really excited.

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Sriracha Factory Hangs Banner for Irwindale Residents: No Tear Gas Made Here

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Last Sunday, the Huy Fong Foods company — known for its infamous Sriracha chili sauce — erected a banner outside its Irwindale, Calif. factory reading “No Tear Gas Made Here.”

The sassy move comes at the crux of an ongoing dispute between Huy Fong and Irwindale residents, who claim fumes coming from the factory have caused them burning eyes and irritated throats. Last Tuesday, a judge ordered the factory to stop any operations which could contribute to the smell and begin making larger, more long-term amends. Still, if this brazen, we daresay cocky, display is any indication, it would seem the hot sauce giant has a little fight left in it yet.

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Apocalypse Avoided! Judge Denies Attempt to Shut Down Sriracha Factory

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It looks like a national Sriracha crisis has been avoided, for now. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge denied the city of Irwindale’s request to shut down production of Sriracha over complaints that the odor emanating from the factory was causing burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches.

“You’re asking for a very radical order on a 24-hour notice. You probably should have come in earlier,” Judge Robert H. O’Brien told attorney June Ailin, who represents the city.

O’Brien’s ruling enables the plant to finish processing the peppers they’ll need for the following year’s hot sauce supply, with just over a week left in the harvesting period. However, despite the city’s request for a temporary restraining order being denied, another hearing for November 22 is scheduled to determine whether a shut down is needed to fix the alleged odor issues.

When the city contacted the company about the smell last year, CEO and founder David Tran of Huy Fong Foods said active carbon filters were installed in the factory, in addition to an extra layer installed later. Initial reports from air quality inspectors detected no smell 20 feet from the exhaust system, with a mild chile odor — rated 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 — found in the factory’s lobby. As for the nearby streets surrounding the factory, no smell was detected.

Still, as Tran told the LA Times, the chiles pack a punch for a reason and “if it doesn’t smell, we can’t sell.” You’ve got to admit, the man’s got a point.

H/T LA Times

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Sriracha CEO Warns a Factory Shutdown Will Cause Price Spike for Beloved Rooster Sauce

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Earlier we reported that the city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, requesting a halt to Sriracha production at Huy Fong Foods factory. The call for the shutdown was due to nearby residents complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by the pungent chili odor emanating from the plant. Now, Sriracha CEO and founder David Tran warns that the price of everyone’s beloved Sriracha will experience a significant increase if a factory shutdown took place.

“If the city shuts us down, the price of Sriracha will jump up a lot,” CEO and founder David Tran of Huy Fong Foods told LA Times. He explained that the company is  already struggling to meet demand, with about 200,000 bottles of hot sauce packed for shipment daily.

When the city contacted the company about the smell last year, Tran said active carbon filters were installed in the factory, in addition to an extra layer installed later. Inspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District checked out the plant twice with no citations made and the factory never received complaints during its 30-year residency in Rosemead, Tran pointed out.

However, unlike its former location, residential homes reside next to the Irwindale plant. This, in addition to the fact that the Sriracha factory is currently in the middle of a chile harvesting cycle, may be exacerbating the unpleasant reactions experienced by its neighbors.

While the city suggested a $600,000 cleaning system that would burn the scent out of the air as a solution, Adam Holliday, director of operations for Huy Fong Foods, thinks further research needs to be done. “Burning the pepper air just didn’t seem safer. Maybe we didn’t move fast enough, but it’s a big business expense and we want to make sure it’s the right investment,” Holliday told LA Times.

So far, more than 30 residents have filed or submitted a complaint about the smell to the city. “If they fix it and the odor problems stop, we don’t need this order; but so far the odor complaints continue,” stated Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante.

A judge is scheduled on Thursday to decide whether to grant the order. While we wait in suspense, start stocking up on Sriracha for the impending apocalypse price hike.

H/T LA Times

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City Sues Sriracha, Complains the Factory’s Glorious Odor is Irritating Residents

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A Sriracha factory in Irwindale, California may be forced to shut down due to nearby residents complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches caused by the pungent chili odor emanating from the plant. 

The city filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, requesting a halt to production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, as the smell forced some people to evacuate their homes. Although Huy Fong initially made moves to find a solution, plans fell through when the company refused to acknowledge the odor problem, pointing out that their employees worked in similar olfactory settings without an issue, Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante told the LA Times.

“If they fix it and the odor problems stop, we don’t need this order; but so far the odor complaints continue,” said Galante, who further stated that more than 30 residents have filed or submitted a complaint to the city. Until Huy Fong is able to submit a plan of action to minimize the smell, the city is seeking temporary closure of the factory.

Ok, now that you know what’s up, is it awful that we think air contaminated with tantalizing Rooster Sauce sounds like a wet, delicious dream? I know, we’re awful, hungry people.

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