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Irwindale Hot Sauce Controversy Cools Off

May 29, 2014

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Sriracha 'rooster sauce' maker will stay in California (Wikipedia Commons)
Sriracha 'rooster sauce' maker will stay in California (Wikipedia Commons)

Huy Fong Foods, makers of the popular condiment Sriracha, will be allowed to keep their manufacturing plant in Southern California after local politicians voted to drop the lawsuit and public nuisance declaration against the company.

The Irwindale City Council voted unanimously to allow to keep the plant open after about three dozen residents provided signed-and-sworn complaints saying the fumes emitted by the chili-processing plant were making their eyes burn, causing them to sneeze and cough, and forcing unexpected doctor visits. Huy Fong Foods responded by installing a new air-filtration system.

After touring the facility with its CEO David Tran, members of the local City Council agreed to drop the suit and closely monitor its emissions and the effectiveness of the new filtration system when the chili pepper harvest season begins in July.

"At the commencement of this year's chile harvest season, if the air filtration system does not perform well, then Huy Fong Foods will make the necessary changes in order to better the system right away," Tran promised in a letter to city council.

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Original headline: Sriracha plant staying in California


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