Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory Threatened by Hometown

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Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory Threatened by Hometown

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

You may soon have a hard time getting your hands on these babies, as the Sriracha manufacturer fights its hometown.

What will we ever do without Sriracha sauce? Hopefully it won’t come to that, but Huy Fong, the company that makes the beloved hot sauce, has been under attack from the city of Irwindale, Calif., where residents are complaining about the factory’s strong chili smell that is disrupting their daily life. At a public hearing with city officials earlier this week, the Irwindale City Council decided to postpone any action until the next meeting on April 2nd.

“The City of Irwindale is trying to shut us down,” said Donna Lam, Huy Fong Executive Operations Officer of Huy Fong in a statement. “We're fighting for our jobs, our livelihoods, and the business we built from the bottom up into one of the most loved hot sauces in the country.”

Huy Fong’s issue with its neighbors began in 2012 when residents began to complain of the smell. Since then, the company has been working with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the company installed air filters in 2013 to try and work with the public.

If the city decides to take action and shut down Huy Fong, a representative from the company told The Daily Meal that an interruption in the distribution of Sriracha products could happen but added it is unlikely.

 

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