Sriracha hot sauce maker sued by southern California city
Not everyone's a fan of Sriracha sauce these days; in fact, it's leaving some southern Californians in tears.
The city of Irwindale, California, has filed suit against Huy Fong Foods Inc., the manufacturer of the Asian hot sauce, over what residents are calling an "offensive chili odor" when the local factory is in operation.
Residents are also complaining about sore throats and eye-searing pain, which leaves them unable to go outdoors at times.
Huy Fong Foods set up a 655,000-square-foot factory in the city last year, and all chilis for Sriracha sauce are processed and stored between September and December annually.
The company says it's actively trying to fix the odour, and that there were no odour issues in its previous location in Rosemead, California.
Huy Fong Foods, founded by David Tran in 1980, sold over $60 million worth of sauce in 2012.