City Sues Sriracha Factory Over Noxious Chili Fumes

Living near the Sriracha factory isn't as awesome as it sounds.

Photo: David Meeker

Photo: David Meeker

In the city of Irwindale, in Los Angeles County, lies the Sriracha (“Rooster Sauce”) production facilities. Irwindale residents are “complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats, and headaches caused by a powerful, painful odor,” emanating from the Sriracha factory, reports the L.A. Times.

These complaints resulted in a lawsuit against Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods filed by city attorneys on Monday. The attorneys claimed that “the odor was a public nuisance and [is] asking a judge to stop production until the smell can be reduced.” Considering that the “655,000 square foot facility can produce 200 million bottles of the bottled crack per year,” according to OC Weekly, stopping production for even a couple days will be a huge loss to the company as well as Rooster Sauce fanatics worldwide.

One Irwindale resident, Rita Sanchez, tells CBS L.A., “You feel it in your nose, it makes you want to sneeze. It’s like cooking chilis in your house and you have that little cough, the itch in your throat. Definitely kind of unbearable.”

[via L.A. Times, CBS L.A.]

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