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