Sriracha and Irwindale are at odds in California. Some residents in the city of Irwindale feel that the Sriracha factory is making them sick, with many people complaining about headaches from the smell. According to a report from Wednesday (Oct. 30), the city filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday (Oct. 28) against the sauce's company Huy Fong Foods.
In the law suit, they are alleging that the odor is a public nuisance and are asking for a judge to stop production of the hot sauce. It's an interesting case, because it involves the odor of a product. There are people all over the country that could be paying close attention because they live close to a paper mill, a waste facility, or another business that gives off strong odors. It makes this case very interesting for several different reasons.
The plant itself advertises a production of up to 200,000 bottles of the hot sauce every day, showing just how much the company relies on this particular location. It's unclear when a judge plans to weigh in on the Irwindale vs. Sriracha case, so this is definitely a story that will evolve over the coming days and weeks. With some neighbors claiming that the odor is like pepper spray hitting them, though, the judge may have to visit the area to decide what a fair ruling would really be in this case.
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