Sriracha Safe for Now: Town Backs Down From Public Nuisance

Irwindale, California has decided that the Huy Fong factory, the company that makes the beloved hot sauce, is no longer a nuisance after months of hearings, and a threat from Huy Fong to possibly move to Texas

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Looks like Sriracha's spicy aroma isn't in trouble after all!

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Sriracha is out of hot water — at least, for now. The beloved hot sauce brand has been berated by the Huy Fong factory host town of Irwindale, California for months, with residents claiming that the smell coming from the factory is a public nuisance. The outlook was so bleak that Huy Fong began looking at other factory location to move within the year, including Texas. However, the Irwindale City Council voted last night to drop the claims that the Sriracha factory is a public nuisance. The vote comes after city officials toured the factory on Tuesday and discussed possible solutions in a closed-door meeting, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune

“We forged a relationship. Let’s keep that going,” City Councilman Julian Miranda said during the vote on Wednesday.

Residents had originally claimed that the spicy scents coming from the factory were permeating the town and causing itchy throats and watery eyes. Huy Fong CEO David Tran said that he would update the factory’s ventilation system, and continue working with the city to continue being good neighbors. 

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with THe Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi

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