Irwindale City Council Unanimously Declares Sriracha Fumes a Public Nuisance

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Willy Blackmore
Remember, Huy Fong's the one

Just when you thought you were safe from Huy Fong Sriracha shortages for a little while, the city of Irwindale just has to show up and ruin the party.

The Irwindale City Council voted 4-0 last night to to declare the spicy scent that leeches from the Huy Fond factory during production time an official "public nuisance," nevermind that a judge had already granted the city a preliminary injunction back in November and that the company is already working to reduce the spicy, spicy aroma.

Irwindale just wanted Huy Fong to be on double secret probation.

"The City Council is determined to assert its authority regardless of the status of the odor remediation efforts," Huy Fond Attorney John Tate told the LA Times.

So what's next for Huy Fong?

Well, during the next City Council meeting, Irwindale will adopt an official resolution and Huy Fong will have 90 days to fix the problem. Good news for the company, they're already working on a solution that would've been ready by June 1 with or without this resolution. The South Coast Air Management District (the guys who wanted to get rid of all of the fire pits in Orange County) thinks the problem can be solved with the addition of a few activated carbon filters -- basically glorified Britas.

And if Huy Fong fails for some reason to fix the problem? The city would go into the factory and fix the fumes themselves, while forcing Huy Fong to pay for repairs -- not quite the hot sauce apocalypse we all feared, especially since chili crushing season doesn't begin until late in the Fall.

But hey, Sriracha keeps well, so would it be a bad idea to buy a bunch right now to flip just in case of a price spike (as long as you can keep yourself from using your entire stash before then?) Hmmm...

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31 comments
HashyMashy
HashyMashy

Huy Fong rooster sauce is overrated and has too many preservatives. I prefer sriracha that is actually made in Thailand, especially the shark brand. It has a good balance of heat and sweet.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

So...a city can put the kibosh on a hot sauce factory for polluting the environment...but the oil companies in this state are still free to do all the fracking they please I suppose?

MasterDebater
MasterDebater

That's total Bullshit.  The City actually begged them to relocate to Irwindale by giving him a low interest 40 Million dollar loan to build the facility.  They voted to give him special zoning for the plant and now want him to modify it because they're afraid of getting voted out.  I wonder what would happen if the owner get's pissed off and decides to leave while defaulting on a loan that the City guaranteed?

Donald Rimmer
Donald Rimmer

"Hey, let's move our company to Irwindale," said no one ever again.

David Elliott Lee
David Elliott Lee

Sounds like they can solve the problem simply by moving from Irwindale

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Move to Arizona or Nevada. You'll save money and won't have to raise hotsauce prices.

Daniel Blandin
Daniel Blandin

Thats BS when they followed all rules and 41 of 61 complaints came from 4 households... I think they should hire their own people to research and sue the city !

taidodinh
taidodinh

move so the city get nothing n peoples lose there jobs

reginald.a.fessenden
reginald.a.fessenden

What is interesting to note here is the Hung Foy Sriracha plant existed for decades in Rosemead which has a much higher density of residential neighborhoods than Irwindale ever will and no complaints ever came out of the woodwork. Now that Irwindale was successful in attracting Hung Foy to their fair city and 2/3 of all complaints are coming from 4 residences, it does seem that something shady is going on. This does not excuse the "city council" of Irwindale for continuing the sham, but maybe they own the houses and ultimately seek Hung Foy to buy them out of the properties at a nice "profit".

Lamano Conpelos
Lamano Conpelos

Honky food for honky people then...bring the maple syrup then....that is not spicy, ay?

Dave Tucker
Dave Tucker

Maybe they want that property to build an NFL stadium?

Mason Ibarra
Mason Ibarra

You can make this at my house and just hook me up with some lol

vivamehico
vivamehico

nothing new here.. just typical mexican behavior, trying to extort money from business just like they do in mehico... funny thing is that for a mexican paper like the OC weekly, i dont see a lot of latino names supporting the company...mexicans es muy racist... que no?

Katie Pyle
Katie Pyle

They can move the party to the desert.

Art Pedroza
Art Pedroza

Wasn't that the city that Al Davis screwed over?

Patrick Bailey
Patrick Bailey

Ive got a few vintage Rosemead Sriracha bottles. Wonder if they'll be worth anything. Guess I should stock up on some Irwindales.

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

IRWINDALE >> More than two-thirds of the complaints reported to the air quality control board about odors believed to be from the Sriracha hot sauce factory came from four households.Data provided to this newspaper by the South Coast Air Quality Management District shows that since October four addresses generated 41 of the 61 complaints about Huy Fong Foods on North Azusa Canyon Road.

Luke Vafiades
Luke Vafiades

And yet, people who should know better still wonder why businesses move out of state or overseas. The lawyer who works next door to my office flipped out when I suggested that Sriracha was better off moving to Mexico.

Claire Morgan
Claire Morgan

i'm sure the city is still happy to enjoy the infrastructure and economic benefits of the plant.

Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor

Will Irwindale help with the move when they go to Texas?

Daniel Dent
Daniel Dent

FuCk you Irwindale! Your city is trash

Jenny Wilson
Jenny Wilson

Double secret probation???? ooohhhh nooooooo.......

George Gonzalez
George Gonzalez

Araceli Romo. We gotta go buy a million of these before there gone

Scott Fisher
Scott Fisher

Come to Orange! We are a food city and won't call you a nuisance.

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