Fans of 'Rooster sauce' can breath a peppery, garlic-y sigh of relief. Their beloved sriracha will not be put in danger of extinction. According to the LA Times on Thursday, Judge Robert, H O'Brien denied the city's request to have the plant halt operations as the result of a temporary restraining order.
However, those same officials fighting for a shutdown said they won't back down.City Atty. Fred Galante said, "We're still pursuing this. This is just one of the various legal tools available."
Another hearing date has been set for nov. 22, when the judge will decide on whether or not to grant a preliminary injunction or not. Should that fail, officials have also filed a permanent injunction against the factory, though there is no date set for that hearing.
Representing Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha, John R Tate said that there is just a week left in the harvesting and processing period. During this period, chiles must be harvested, ground and stored all in the same day. Any injunctions would be outside of this one-week period and would hopefully not result in a rooster sauce shortage.
According to LA Mag, the owner of Huy Fong Foods will be working with the city to find alternatives to contain the smell that has caused some residents burning eyes.