Friday, April 11, 2014

California city declares Sriracha maker a nuisance

Via Broken Patriot

 I keep three in stock.

The company was founded by Vietnamese immigrant David Tran, who began mixing up his distinctive sauce in a bucket at his home in 1980. As business boomed, he opened a plant in Rosemead, moving to Irwindale when his company outgrew that facility.


A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall. Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.

The decision came despite testimony by air-quality experts that progress was being made toward a resolution. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said its inspectors have taken air samples inside the plant, and believed the information gathered should allow the factory and the city to resolve their differences.

Attorney John Tate, who represents Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods, Inc., said the company had been working with the AQMD on its filtration system since the complaints first arose and was committed to finding long-term solutions by June 1.

He called the public nuisance declaration a demonstration of "the city flexing its muscle and thumbing Huy Fong in the eye."

A call to Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante was not immediately returned.

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  1. Texas Pete now makes their own version of sriracha, they call it "Cha!" It's reputed to be pretty good. I rather imagine McIlhenny will eventually get on the bandwagon, too, and come out with one called "Chabasco." ;)

  2. I hear North Carolina is business friendly. I'd ask their state business development department to give this guy a call. Maybe about now the Sriracha company would be interested in moving to a friendlier location.

    1. For the life of me, I don't understand why every state isn't business friendly. Thanks for the suggestion, but I imagine he would rather stay there as his employees are probably 100% Vietnamese and the shop is close to Little Saigon. (Westminster)

  3. Escape communist tyranny in Vietnam and come to America to -oh, well -better luck next time?

    1. Good one. :) At least in Vietnam he could pay the tyrants off.