City Ends War on Sriracha Factory

It's no longer considered a 'public nuisance'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2014 9:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – You can sleep easy tonight, Sriracha fans, because peace has been declared in the war between Irwindale, California, and Huy Fong Foods. Irwindale's city council voted unanimously yesterday to roll back its declaration that Huy Fong's factory was a "public nuisance," and to drop its lawsuit against the company, the Pasadena Star-News reports. The move followed an informal meeting between Huy Fong founder David Tran and city officials. According to the LA Times, Mayor Mark Breceda and others threw on hairnets to tour the plant with Tran Tuesday.

Tran says he's upgraded the factory's rooftop filtration system to try to avoid producing the fumes residents complained of, and personally tested it out with pepper spray. In a letter to the council, he promised to improve the system "right away" if it still wasn't enough once the factory starts processing chiles in August. "I believe he stands by his word," Breceda told the council, as he urged it to drop the complaint. The move may have been nudged along by Texas' attempts to lure the factory away. Tran says California's governor's office deserve credit for making Tuesday's meeting happen.

In the Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, file photo, Sriracha chili sauce is produced at the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindale, Calif.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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