Sriracha Halts Shipping Until 2014

Commence freaking out, spice lovers
Staff Writer
Everyone's favorite spicy sauce might be sparse in the near future.

Man, Sriracha lovers just can't catch a break. Following a California ruling asking Sriracha factory owners Huy Fong Foods to halt any odor-causing production, the California Department of Public Health has now told Huy Fong Foods to halt any hot sauce shipping.

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According to the Los Angeles Times, the Department of Public Health is now enforcing stricter guidelines for the company, asking Huy Fong Foods to cold Sriracha, Chili Garlic, and Sambal Oelek sauces for 30 days before shipping them to distributors.

This means suppliers won't be able to restock their shelves until mid-January, which could cost some wholesalers some $300,000 in sales. "We have already received more than 30 angry phone calls today," one wholesale supplier told the LA Times. "It drives me crazy because this is the first time we have been in this situation." And if wholesalers and restaurateurs can't get it, us plebeians might have it even worse.

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