The past 9 months have been a nightmare for the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory. Last year, the city of Irwindale, California hit them with a lawsuit, claiming the chili odor emanating from the plant caused residents to suffer from burning eyes and irritated throats. A month later, the Sriracha factory was ordered to partially shut down, followed by a state order to stop shipping for 30 days.
In response to the City Council declaring the pungent smell a public nuisance, Huy Fong Foods erected a "No Tear Gas Made Here" banner in retaliation. It seemed like there was no end in sight to the hot sauce debacle.
Now, fans of the iconic Sriracha brand will be pleased to know that the lawsuit filed against the company has been dismissed and the public nuisance declaration dropped, reports The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. In a compromise, Huy Fong CEO David Tran announced that the building's ventilation system was modified in order to address the odor complaints.
Looks like we can all rest easy.