The Sriracha Battle Has Finally Come to an End

The Irwindale City Council drops lawsuit; public nuisance declaration dismissed. Long live Sriracha!

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Remember last year, when the city of Irwindale, in L.A. County, sued the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory for the alleged “noxious chili fumes” emanating from the facility?

A month later, a judge ordered the Sriracha factory to be partially shut down. Then came the state order to stop shipping the product for 30 days, before the City Council declared the “Sriracha smell” a public nuisance this spring. You probably sat there thinking: How much abuse can one hot sauce company withstand!?

You’ll be happy to hear the battle is over. Pasadena Star-News reports that the Irwindale city council voted last night to dismiss their ongoing lawsuit initially filed last fall, as well as the public nuisance declaration from this April.

This is one small step for Sriracha, one giant leap for chili peppers.

The AP reports,

“[Huy Fong Foods owner] David Tran, an immigrant from Vietnam whose company produces several chili sauces based on the flavors of his native country, said Tuesday that he installed stronger filters at the plant, and he’s confident they will block fumes when the chili-grinding season begins in August.”

Although there were rumors of the Sriracha plant moving to Texas, Tran told Eater that he was not interested in moving his operations saying, “Why should I move?”

[via Pasadena Star News, Eater, AP]

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