City Sues Chili Sauce Maker Over Spicy Smell

Symptoms of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches

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Sriracha sauce from Huy Fong Foods at a Wal-Mart in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, on Sept. 19, 2013.

Residents of a California city are suing the makers of a popular chili sauce because of an irritable smell emitting from its factory that they say is causing health issues.

Residents near the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif., which makes Sriracha chili sauce, complain of burning eyes, sore throats and headaches from a widespread odor, the Los Angeles Times reports. That prompted city officials to file suit after failing to resolve the issue after several meetings with the company, according to City Attorney Fred Galante.

The popular spicy sauce, with its trademark green cap, moved production to a 655,000-square-foot factory in Irwindale last year. The hot pepper condiment is processed and stored during the fall, beginning as early as September and spanning a three-month period. But the smell emanating from the factory has proved to be too much for locals, including one family that was forced to move a birthday party indoors after the spicy smell blanketed the air, Galante said.

The city is asking a judge to halt production until the company proposes a plan to address the issue. The judge is set to make a decision Thursday. The company did not immediately comment to the Times.

[Los Angeles Times]


The irony, of course, is that it was widely known in the Commercial Real Estate industry that the City of Irwindale was "shopping" this particular redevelopment site for years- patiently waiting, of course, to find the right build-to-suit business that created jobs, revenue and conferred a substantial benefit to the citizens. 

Gee, imagine if Congress actually performed its prescribed duties in a selfsame manner. 

I doubt it would be pushing to "frack" the United States: injecting poisonous Benzene into the Earth in a way that exacerbates earthquake risks and causes cancer.

"All that leaders do is done with an eye toward something else." - Aristotle


Long live The Red Rooster!

I LOVE that Sriracha Chili sauce!  My Mexican buds even think it's darn good on our local Tex Mex dishes.

It's got the heat!

The owners need to pack it up and move the factory to Texas!  Call Rick Perry - we want your business in TEXAS!


More proof that most Americans are dumb.


@Nick1984 ????

Could you point that proof out please?  I'm not seeing it.



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