Bad news if you like shitty hot sauce: On Wednesday, the Irwindale City Council declared the factory that produces Sriracha a public nuisance. The factory now has 90 days to find a way to stop the odor, which residents say burns their eyes and throats, causing heartburn, nose bleeds, and inflamed asthma.
The council voted unanimously against Huy Fong Foods, Sriracha's parent company, despite testimony from officials at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, who said progress was being made at the factory. John Tate, an attorney for Huy Fong Foods also assured the council that he would present a proposal to mitigate the odor by June 1 within 10 days.
"The City Council is determined to assert its authority regardless of the status of the odor remediation efforts," Tate told the Los Angeles Times after the vote. Tate later told the Associated Press that "the city flexing its muscle and thumbing Huy Fong in the eye."
Last fall, the city of Irwindale sued Huy Fong Foods, claiming the Sriracha factory created a public nuisance and violated terms of its agreement with the city. A trial date for the lawsuit was set for November.
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