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Overpowering Scents Causes a Factory Shutdown

(Photo Credit: AJC photo file)

Huy Fong Foods sriracha stops production. (Photo Credit: AJC photo file)

Sriracha has always brought the heat with its tangy, intense chili flavor, but now fans may have another reason to sweat: the Huy Fong Foods sriracha factory has been ordered to temporarily shut down due to a lawsuit filed by the city of Irwindale, California, reports The Los Angeles Times. So if you’re a fan of this spicy condiment, you may want to start stockpiling.

Among the complaints, residents say they are suffering from headaches, watery eyes and sore throats- the typical symptoms a sriracha user experiences when they douse it on their plate of fries or their burrito. The residents are tired of the overpowering odor of chili powder.

Living in a city like Atlanta, you’re never far from the scents wafting from restaurants. On one of my run routes, I am always hit by the scent of a restaurant’s barbeque smoker as they roast their pulled pork. To some it is tempting, but to me, I feel nauseous. Later in my route I get an intense smell of coffee and my body feels instantly energized. Now that, I can deal with.

To each their own. Some people would revel if they had the pleasure of smelling barbeque, coffee or sriracha daily. But when does it pose too much of a problem that you seek public action?

What scents would drive you to the edge? Do you agree with Irwindale residents or should they consider moving if they don’t want their dose of daily sriracha?

-By Alexa Lampasona for the AJC Food & More blog

22 comments Add your comment

Pepper allergy

December 2nd, 2013
11:00 am

My wife has a severe allergy to peppers. Tongue swelling, throat tightening, etc. Benadryl will fix the issue, but she avoids the peppers when possible. Living near this facility would be a death sentence for her. Air pollution of any form is a trespass against others and given that technology exists to contain these smells, etc. the company should do what is necessary. This is far more than just the smell of coffee from a cafe or other smells from a restaurant – although I would hate to live so close to say a KFC that I had to smell that all day long.

Pepper allergy

December 2nd, 2013
11:51 am

Let’s also be clear although the article here doesn’t say it, these recent problems are the result of a major expansion at the plant. The residents who are complaining were here all along, only the factory has changed. It should not be up to the residents to move when the plant is the polluter. If our governments had respected private property rights (the origin of ALL rights ultimately) from the beginning, our air, water, and land pollution problems would have been addressed as they came up rather than requiring an ineffective EPA and so-called “superfund” setasides to address issues that were allowed to get WAY out of hand.

PTC DAWG

December 2nd, 2013
1:12 pm

BBQ smoker running right, it doesn’t get much better than that.

dr sense

December 2nd, 2013
1:15 pm

i hate smelling the exhaust of other vehicles while driving behind them, but thats the price you pay of living in a city…i can slow down, pass them or turn just as you can on your run.

Kar

December 2nd, 2013
7:22 pm

From what the LATIMES and local papers say, it’s a very small group of people who can even detect any smell or irritation.

However, one is the son of a councilman who’s been driving the lawsuit.

Baltisraul......

December 2nd, 2013
8:56 pm

The best hot sauce on the market. They will open up soon at a better location. Way to popular to be off the market for long. Tobasco should have gotten on the flavor bandwagon years ago. Now there are many more options in the hot sauce world to even consider Tobasco any longer.

berry steve

December 3rd, 2013
7:59 am

Sriracha was the prime mover in getting most of the hot sauce community headed toward flavor town. Thanks. Balt, I agree, Tobasco got left behind big time.

John McArthur

December 3rd, 2013
8:57 am

It’s “nauseated”–not “nauseous”.

Mary YGS

December 3rd, 2013
9:49 am

@ John McArthur…..thank you for adding to the discussion of hot sauce. Very insightful and thought provoking comment. I will bet you ratted out folks for cutting the line at the lunch room.

Mary YGS

December 3rd, 2013
10:09 am

Tobasco had the corner on the market for 30 plus years. They never got the memo and new products just blew by them. Back in the day, Tobasco just added heat. Today they just add heat.

Jess

December 3rd, 2013
12:02 pm

How am I supposed to make my ramen edible!

Calgary caterers

Baltisraul......

December 3rd, 2013
12:16 pm

Jess……easy, leave the ramen noodles on the store shelves, while Sriracha is scarce. If you add Tobasco they still will not be edible.

Steve

December 3rd, 2013
3:06 pm

They must have a pretty good tax base when they can afford to run a successful business out of town. Come to Shelby Montana we could use some hot stuff in this -22 wind chill weather

berry steve

December 3rd, 2013
3:17 pm

Darn Steve, it is not nearly that cold here in Panama City Beach today!!!!! Its California, they do strange things out there on the left coast. Can anyone say; bankruptcy. Mayor probably makes $450,000 and thinks he is underpaid.

art

December 3rd, 2013
5:55 pm

Say what you want about Tabasco but it is a $250 million-plus a year business, the likes of which Sriracha only dreams about. I, for one, love both, and for that matter all hot sauce comers; the more the merrier.

PTC DAWG

December 3rd, 2013
7:43 pm

Tabasco makes quite a few varieties of their hot sauce….

Baltisraul......

December 4th, 2013
7:45 am

art, there is no doubt that Tobasco makes a lot of $. Sriracha is new to the market but they will get there for quanity. They are already there for flavor. Tobasco, no so much.

Edward

December 4th, 2013
9:23 am

I always preferred Crystal over Tobasco. But Sriracha beats them both. But some things require Sambal Oelek.

Baltisraul......

December 4th, 2013
2:13 pm

Edward, did you know the makers of Sriracha also make a sambal oelek. Yea they are on top of their game. Do you believe Tobasco makes a sambal oelek?

art

December 4th, 2013
5:17 pm

LOL! You guys are killing me with this bashing of Tabasco which btw is spelled with two A’s and one O, not the other way around. ;>) I like Crystal too Edward. Another good one is the Datil Pepper sauce from Firehouse Subs.

Baltisraul.....

December 6th, 2013
8:44 am

art…it is not bashing if so may folks think that Tobasco is way behind the times. It seems justified to point this out. By the way that is the Georgia spelling.

AzCat

December 6th, 2013
9:39 am

Tabasco Road, Tobasco Road. ;-)

I would spell it the way they do, but I’m funny that way, having a squirrely (to some) surname that gets butchered all the time.