A factory that makes Sriracha in Irwindale, Calif. is facing multiple complaints from neighbors who say the smell coming from the new plant is too much. The Los Angeles Times shared the details on Oct. 29 regarding what has led the city to demand the factory stop producing the hot sauce for now.
The Sriracha Irwindale factory started production last year in the wake of growing demand for the popular sauce. However, neighbors say that the smell makes their throats burn and eyes water. The neighbor's complaints are being taken seriously, as Irwindale has now filed a suit against Huy Fong Foods. The complaint alleges that the smell coming from the factory is a public nuisance. They are asking the judge to stop production of Sriracha at the Irwindale factory.
The popular sauce sold more than $60 million in product last year. Huy Fong Foods authorities have made changes to the facility to try to manage the odor that is bothering neighbors, adding additional filters to the exhaust vents. Whatever they have done apparently is not enough. It seems those who work in the plant are used to the smell and don't necessarily wear any kind of breathing mask, but multiple neighbors can't seem to get past the issue.
If the Sriracha Irwindale factory is shut down, the company's chief executive and founder says that the price of the hot sauce could triple. The city also hosts a dog food manufacturer and MillerCoors Brewery, but there have not been intense complaints about the smells from those factories. Here's hoping the city and the Sriracha Irwindale manufacturer can come to terms so the hot sauce fan addicts can continue to embrace the popular condiment.