SRIRACHA Plant Declared A Public Nuisance, Will It Close?
If you are one of the many fanatically lovers of the hot sauce de jur, Sriracha, you might consider picking up a few more bottles at the store. The Southern California Irwindale city council has declared the makers of the sauce, Huy Fong Foods Inc., a public nuisance.
Neighbors have complained that their eyes and throats burn at certain times of the day because of the processing center. No doubt! That stuff is spicy, and when you cook peppers it goes into the air.
The 4-0 vote during a Wednesday night hearing came despite assurances from company attorney John Tate that Huy Fong Foods planned to submit an action plan within 10 days and have the smell fixed by June 1.
Officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District have been performing tests at the facility and have offered to help the company craft a mitigation plan. Although they would not release the test results, AQMD officials indicated that the smell issues could be resolved with active carbon filters — a technology the company has used in the past.
“The City Council is determined to assert its authority regardless of the status of the odor remediation efforts,” Tate said.
Irwindale already has sued Huy Fong Foods in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that the sauce maker breached terms of its development agreement and created a public nuisance. A judge granted the city a preliminary injunction and a trial is set for November.
The Council sought another public nuisance designation as insurance in case Huy Fong Foods does not install smell mitigation measures, officials said. At the Wednesday hearing, the Council asserted the city has the right to eventually enter the factory and make the changes itself, while assessing the costs to the factory. [LA Times]
I don’t know how I feel about the city being able to step into a business even if that business fixes the problem. That doesn’t sound quite legal to me. Anyway… Huy Fong Foods, Inc. must remedy the smell going into the surrounding area something that they have done in the past at the request of the council.
With that, I’m off to the store.