Sriracha is known for its bold flavor, but apparently the fumes coming from the sauce is enough to get residents living near a sriracha plant ill -- causing a Superior Court order to have the factory partially shut down.
According to the Los Angeles Times, The city of Irwindale, California sued Huy Fong Foods on Oct. 21 after neighbors complained of "heartburn, inflamed asthma and even nosebleeds that they said were caused by the spicy odor coming from the hot sauce plant". Irwindale is a small city of less than 1,500 residents, located in Los Angeles county.
It was almost shut down in October, but the jude ruled against such a move at the time.
In the most recent ruling, Judge Robert H. O'Brien ordered the hot sauce maker to cease any kind of operations that could be causing the odors, and that although there was a "lack of credible evidence" linking the health problems to the plant, the smells appear to be "extremely annoying, irritating, and offensive to the senses warranting consideration as a public nuisance."
The company can still operate at some capacity, and the types of actions required to mitigate the offensive odors are not specified.
According to their company website, Huy Vong Foods
started making hot sauces in 1980 in Los Angeles, based on recipes from the owner's native country of Vietnam. In 1986, the company expanded into a 68,000 square foot production facility where "the company has continued to increase production every year, but still never never being able to keep up with demand [sic]" The company produces up to 200,000 bottles of the pungent condiment each day.
If demand is as great as the company says, there might be a sriracha shortage in the future so stock up on a few bottles of "rooster sauce", just in case.
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