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Irwindale Sues Huy Fong Over Too-Spicy Sriracha Factory

Categories: Indigestion

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Willy Blackmore
There may be an entire aisle, but there's only one Cock Sauce

Sriracha shoes, lip balm, water bottles and the Sriracha movie may all be hot commodities, but the city of Irwindale has no love for the aerosol version of the universally-adored hot sauce.

Irwindale, where Sriracha producer Huy Fong Foods opened their new factory last year, filed a lawsuit against the company in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday asking a judge to halt all production until the fumes from the factories can be reduced.

The start of a Sriracha shortage? Hopefully not.

Irwindale contends that the fumes from the factories cause headaches, burning eyes and throat problems. The suit says that originally, Huy Fong worked with the city -- which reportedly helped build the factory with redevelopment funds -- on ways to reduce the fumes but Huy Fong eventually stopped cooperating, saying that their employees worked under the same circumstances but suffered no issues.

A shut down of the factory now could adversely affect next year's Sriracha supply. Huy Fong's peak production period is between the months of September and December, with the most chilis going through factory between September and October. The 655,000 square foot facility can produce 200 million bottles of the bottled crack per year.

Approximately 30 residents have filed complaints with the city about the factory, Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante told the LA Times. But I know wayyyy more than 30 who'll be up in arms if any shutdown lasts too long.

A judge is set to look at the complaint Thursday.

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agliopiccante
agliopiccante topcommenter

Irwindale is a shithole...they're lucky to have Sriracha...let it burn!

thestutsman
thestutsman

so......noone in Irwindale complains about the brewery......too funny!

Don Bui
Don Bui

Danielle Chevalier time to stock up!!!

Stephanie Roske
Stephanie Roske

Oh crap, what now Irwindale! Don't mess with my need for heat.

Eric Brightwell
Eric Brightwell

Huy Fong is the La Choy of sriracha. I'm pretty sure the dozens of other brands won't be affected by this lawsuit.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

"Sriracha shoes, lip balm, water bottles and the Sriracha movie may all be hot commodities, but the city of Irwindale has no love for the aerosol version of the universally-adored hot sauce."  

Great lede 

 

-paulc-
-paulc-

Irwindale Ca, population...about 1400 people, offers tuition free JR and high school.   so Irwindale, STFU!

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@thestutsman  

Perhaps if some of these people heard Ron White's bit on what it was like to grow up near a paper plant they might change their tune about the Sriracha Factory :-)

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