The American public endured a scare this week, but the threat has passed: the California plant that produces the beloved hot sauce Sriracha will stay open. Threats that the Sriracha plant would close came earlier this week when residents who live near the Sriracha plant, owned by Huy Fong Foods in Irvindale, California complained of noxious fumes and burning eyes from wafting odors emanating from the Sriracha plant.
Americans were wholly unsympathetic to the complaints of the Californians, and responded with an attitude of “you want to make an omelette, you have to break some eggs, and I prefer that my eggs be served with a delicious and spicy sauce.”
The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge wiped a tell-tale red sauce from his lips (kidding) and issued this ruling to the residents of Irvindale:
"You're asking for a very radical order on 24-hour notice."
The Huy Fong Foods company said that it was looking into ways to contain the spicy, garlic-heavy fumes. While Sriracha lovers won this round, it’s only a matter of time before the residents of Irvindale mount another charge.
The city requested that Huy Fong Foods install a $600,000 filtration system to help mitigate the Sriracha flavored cloud the plant casts over Irvindale. The company brushed off this request, but that may be the ultimate solution to this spicy dilemma.
For now, the Sriracha supply chain is safe, as is the supply of the similar garlic sauce, which is even better.