October 30th, 2013
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Update, April 10: The Los Angeles Times reports that the Irwindale City Council voted unanimously to declare the odor from Sriracha hot sauce production to be a public nuisance. The company has been given 90 days to correct the issue.

One man's hot sauce is another man's hell.

The city of Irwindale, California has filed a lawsuit asking for Huy Fong Foods to cease production of its iconic Sriracha sauce after residents complained that smells emanating from the factory have caused them physical harm and driven them from their homes.

While Huy Fong is not the originator of Sriracha, the company's distinctive green-topped, rooster-bedecked rendition of the Thai chili sauce has become a staple on mainstream grocery store shelves, professional kitchen lines, restaurant tables and cafeteria condiment stands since the company's CEO and founder, David Tran, fired up U.S. production in 1983.

Consumer devotion to the brand burns deeply enough to have inspired two cookbooks ("The Sriracha Cookbook" and "The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook"), a limited-edition flavor of Lay's potato chips, embroidery, jewelry other art projects.

A Kickstarter for a documentary on Sriracha exceeded its $5000 goal by over $16,000, web humorist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal wrote and illustrated an ode to his beloved condiment (shared on Facebook by over 300,000 people), and YouTube veritably sizzles with songs, reviews, skits and odes to "rooster sauce."

But the pepper sauce that kindles such adoration in its fans is reportedly scorching the olfactory systems of the factory's neighbors. According to the complaint filed with Los Angeles Superior Court by the city of Irwindale, the stench of cooking peppers isn't just unpleasant - it's painful.

Watery eyes, stinging throats and headaches are par for the course, say city officials who have been fielding complaints since the Huy Fong factory kicked up its season's pepper production. The company produced 20 million bottles of Sriracha in 2012 (that's $60 million dollars worth of pepper sauce) with no advertising - just the passionate word-of-tingling-mouth passed on by its legions of fans. For most of its lifespan, Huy Fong produced the condiment in a residential area of Rosemead, California with no issues, but moved to Irwindale earlier this year.

All of the peppers (hybrid jalapeños which are blended with vinegar, salt, sugar and garlic) for the year's run of sauce are processed from September to December after the harvest, and that's when the complaints kicked in.

Neighbor Edward Anthony told KCAL, "Every morning it smells like chili powder. It's irritating." At least 30 complaints were received by the city, and officials kicked off an investigation.

Irwindale city manager John Davidson says that inspectors have found the interior of the factory to be fine, but "You go to the exterior, and it's horrible," he told KCAL.

The city's lawsuit would require Huy Fong to cease production until it files a plan to lessen the impact on the community - and that has Sriracha devotees hot under the collar.

"The Days of a Sriracha Black Market Are Approaching" declared a headline in The Atlantic, while social media was ablaze with talk of hoarding, at-home recipes and potential price hikes.

The Oatmeal's Matthew Inman told CNN in an e-mail,

"I personally would relish in the opportunity to live in a neighborhood bathed in rooster sauce. The thought of watching a blood-red sunrise soaked in clouds of red peppers and garlic would pretty much be my ideal morning. I feel like our country is still recovering from the near Twinkie extinction in 2012, and now we get hit with this?

The dinosaurs had their meteorite. We've got our Sriracha shortage. If a Sriracha shortage isn't one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, then I don't know what is. Now is the time to stock your fallout shelters full of tasty rooster juice. The end is nigh."

But before consumers start building armored sauce transport tanks and installing Sriracha kegs in their rec rooms, they should know that engineers are at work on a solution. Adam Holliday, director of operations for Huy Fong Foods told the Los Angeles Times that a consultant suggested a $600,000 cleaning system that would burn the pepper from the air before it breached the factory walls, but it's a "big expense" and the company is in search of its own solution.

On April 10, Irwindale City Council voted unanimously to declare the odor from Sriracha hot sauce production to be a public nuisance. The company has been given 90 days to correct the issue. Perhaps if it doesn't go Huy Fong's way, the company should turn to their fans for a creative end to this burning issue.

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  1. WhoCares

    Never heard of it. Who cares.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm |
    • Hugh Jass

      You care, and deeply. You are involved in this story. Don't try to fool us. You are probably half the people posting here today.

      October 30, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
      • John Boner

        He is me, for example, and probably you.

        October 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
      • Knucklehead McKnob

        He is me, and probably you.

        October 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
        • Hugh Jass

          He's not me. I am a hugh jass.

          October 30, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
  2. CLOWN

    I like Horseradish with Prime rib, that's it. All other hot sauces suck.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
    • amniculi

      Philistine.

      October 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
  3. amniculi

    Sriracha is decent, but the best hot sauce, as far as flavor, is Pepper Plant. The only problem is it's hard to find outside of California. Luckily the co-op here in Boise sells it.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Historysmith

      Gotta agree with you on Pepper Plant but they are very different sauces. There's room for both & I use both plus good old Tabasco and Hector's home-made habanero roasted salsa. OK, Hector hasn't gone commercial but he should.

      October 30, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
    • Lord of the Undead

      Meh. I've always been a Cholula guy myself.

      October 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
      • Bob Norton

        Cholula's pretty decent. Love the wooden top.

        October 30, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
    • BaltoPaul

      There must be 10,000 hot sauces on the market, but sure, some brand you found in California is "the best."

      With most of them, the only differences are the label art and the advertising.

      October 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm |
      • amniculi

        I've tried a lot of different hot sauces, hot sauce being my favorite condiment. Despite your obvious anti-California bias (which in most cases I would agree with you), I always come back to Pepper Plant. So it's not a random choice. Don't knock it 'til you try it.

        October 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
    • Appolo

      and where do I find this stuff on the east coast?

      October 30, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
      • Internet much?

        It's not on the east coast, it is at your local grocer in the Asian section.

        October 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm |
        • Brian P

          They sell it in every grocery store in the Mid West. You can get it at an Asian market on the East Coast.

          October 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm |
  4. Everyone in Irwindale

    AAAAaaaaahhh! My eyes!! I've been pepper-sprayed! Don't mace me, bro!

    October 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Spree

      Take your retard posts , and your stuff and move there.

      October 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm |
  5. mk

    so the place has been their for how long and the residents are just now "smelling it and having problems with it" , sounds like people just want to bitch about somthing

    October 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
    • Wondra Woman

      Usually I would say the same but the article states that the company "moved to Irwindale earlier this year". Furthermore, it states that "all of the peppers (hybrid jalapeños which are blended with vinegar, salt, sugar and garlic) for the year's run of sauce are processed from September to December after the harvest, and that's when the complaints kicked in", which was just the last two months or so...

      October 30, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
      • Bob Norton

        My only complaint is the large amount of sugar in it. I wish they had a line made with sucralose.

        October 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
  6. April

    I LOVE that sauce! It's very tasty :3 I hope the price won't go up

    October 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
  7. Hollywood

    This is all just a setup for the advertising for our new upcoming movie COCK WARS.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
    • stjake

      Isn't that like "Sword Fight?"

      October 30, 2013 at 4:00 pm |
    • Internet much?

      Your weekend plans with the boys do not interest us...

      October 30, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
  8. Charlie

    Suck it up Irwindale, I need my coc..uh rooster sauce.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
  9. Keel Hauler

    BADIA makes their own version. It's a little different, and hotter (I think).

    October 30, 2013 at 2:42 pm |
  10. Emmi

    Time to move, and dont purchase the sauce.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
  11. Keel Hauler

    Who, besides me, has the Sriracha apron that says "Kiss the Cock" on it?

    October 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
  12. Keel Hauler

    "Physical harm"? No, some discomfort perhaps. Don't hype up your complaints with lawyer-lies.

    30 complaints? How many from the same people?

    October 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
    • Michelle

      Actually, some people are allergic to capsaicin. In happen to be one of those people. Even chili fumes could potentially cause anaphylaxis or even death to someone severely allergic. It's not always about lawyers and suing. Sometimes it's about valid health concerns, quality of life, and decline in property values. I live in the middle of fracking central, USA. If I'd known the oil companies would have created such filth and havoc, I'd never have moved here. But fracking didn't even exist when I bought the home. Sriracha's new factory just needs to lid their emissions.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • Norkio

      That vapor you snidely say the residents should just "suck it up" about is the same stuff in pepper spray used by law enforcement. You go live there and see if you can suck it up.

      October 30, 2013 at 3:01 pm |
    • Everyone in Irwindale

      You gotta be kidding. Fine powder made from burnt peppers is floating in the air. What could go wrong, eh?

      October 30, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
      • Bob Norton

        Boiled, not burnt.

        October 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm |
  13. Juan Ramon

    Giant sploofs, yo.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
  14. Ron

    Mix equal parts Sriracha and honey. Glaze some buffalo wings with that miracle concoction,

    You're welcome.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
    • Juan Ramon

      ty

      October 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm |
      • Jeff

        Add a little balsamic vinegar in there too!

        October 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
        • Ron

          Eeenteresting. I'll hafta try that.

          October 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
    • Andrea

      Ron – You're a God.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm |
      • Ron

        I get that alot. ;)

        October 30, 2013 at 9:26 pm |
  15. Dickson Yamada

    Oh, the irony of living in Irwindale and complaining about the smell of Sriracha sauce of all things! Ha.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  16. Turp Griswald

    Move your plant to New Mexico where chile cultivation and processing is a true art form. We love the aroma.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:30 pm |
    • Bob Norton

      Absolutely. We'd welcome you with open arms. New Mexicans hang around chile roasters at the supermarkets in the Fall just to get the smell on their clothes. It's an aphrodisiac here. Besides, you'd be closer to the chiles. You can't grow a decent chile in California, fergodsake.

      October 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm |
  17. scooterdie

    I have a favourite hot sauce that I buy at a dim sum restaurant. It's much better than this, and everyone who tastes it asks where they can buy it.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  18. Gerard

    Pro tip – Take your earbuds out when the local news is interviewing you.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
    • Steve

      What?

      October 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  19. helicohunter

    The plant has great ventilation to keep the workers comfortable, but all that spicy air goes out into nearby neighborhoods. I wonder if scrubbers would work.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:24 pm |
  20. c8techie

    It's bad enough that California gave us Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein. Now they're threatening Sriracha? I can't live without The Cock™. Cry "Havoc"! And let slip the spicy roosters of war!

    October 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
    • Keel Hauler

      You know the worst thing about the San Andreas faultline? It's WAY too stable.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm |
      • BaltoPaul

        Someday everything east of the San Andreas fault will slide off into the Atlantic Ocean.

        October 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
        • amniculi

          I see what you did there...

          October 30, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
  21. Otto

    If production is stopped, you can expect the price to go up... Well, get a filtration system and work with the resident of the neighborhood in which you moved into. The sauce is great, but dont hold my wallet hostage because you have bad filters and didnt research it better before building your facility. I hate that crap.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • Bob Norton

      The real Thai product, with the golden flying bird on the label is WAY better.

      October 30, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
      • Loren Montespino

        Flying Goose brand! Sadly no longer imported into the US since around 2009. Better by far and available with other "flavors" mixed in. It was available with extra garlic, galangal, lemongrass, onion, lemon, and extra hot. I still have two lovingly guarded bottles about 1/3 full each slowly aging into the absolute best – one has added lemongrass and the other has added galangal. I also have one unopened galangal flavor stored in a cool dark place and checked on every month. I literally cried the day I found out the distributor had stopped importing it to the US. It beat the pants off of Huy Fong.

        October 30, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • Brian P

      That stuff isn't all that, so there is no way they can raise the price.

      October 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm |
  22. Susan StoHelit

    Meh, it's OK, but could be a bit hotter. Not a lot of depth to the flavor.

    But that doesn't make it OK for it to make a neighborhood uninhabitable with pepper spray emissions, even were it the best sauce in the universe. Polluting is wrong, and yeah, that includes pepper spray.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
    • krisfehr13

      You are clearly a worthless individual with no taste.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm |
      • Hugh Jass

        I disagree; no Terry Pratchett fan can be accused of bad taste.

        October 31, 2013 at 8:42 am |
    • Robert

      The good of the many outweighs the needs of the few

      October 30, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • amniculi

        Spock would agree.

        October 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm |
  23. Keel Hauler

    If you like Sriracha you have GOT to try this recipe. I make it every chance I get.
    search for:
    Sambal Chicken Skewers – Bon Appétit

    October 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm |
  24. JDP

    @POGO – Actually it kind of was like that. The article says that the moved the factory earlier this year. So these people had their homes there before the factory set up shop.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Keel Hauler

    If you like Sriracha you have GOT to try this recipe. I make it every chance I get.

    Google:
    Sambal Chicken Skewers – Bon Appétit

    Copy and paste or you'll never get that funny-looking "e"

    October 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • Joey Joe-Joe Junior Shabadoo

      funny-looking "e" ?

      October 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
      • lighthopehere

        Haha. I guess culinary school was a little light when it came to French cuisine.

        October 30, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • Hugh Jass

        alt+0233 ééé use keypad

        October 31, 2013 at 9:17 am |
  26. Scott

    "Irwindale City, CA" is not a place. There is, however, a city NAMED Irwindale.

    C'mon now, CNN.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
  27. zomgponieswhee

    I LOVE SRIRACHA, but my anus hates it :(

    October 30, 2013 at 2:14 pm |
    • krisfehr13

      You're supposed to put it in your mouth.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm |
  28. Pragmatist

    Outsource the plant. Problem solved and money will be saved. The unemployed can thank their neighbors.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
  29. Kyle

    Oh geez. This could be tragic! Hopefully Obama will spring forth and champion the Affordable Condiment Act to ensure that everyone who needs hot sauce has hot sauce. I expect Hotsauce.gov to go into development immediately and be live in 3 months. The IRS will of course penalize anyone who does not acquire hot sauce at a rate of $91 for the first year. This may lead to an increase in hot sauce prices. Those who currently have a hot sauce solution in place shall NOT complain about said price increase lest they be branded as morons and/or ismphobes. Their current hot sauce policy was obviously inadequate anyways.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Anton

      Kyle, you're a frigging genius, I might have to plagiarize your prose sometime.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
    • marc

      And the spillover continues from Fox News fans obsessed with Obamacare.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • stephenpace

      @Kyle: +1. Bravo.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:43 pm |
    • Tom Jones

      Moron seems about right.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Truth™

      -"Like"

      October 30, 2013 at 2:56 pm |
    • BaltoPaul

      Don't worry, those who like their current hot sauce will be able to keep their hot sauce.

      October 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  30. Jason

    Sriracha is good stuff, but I've tasted much better hot sauces out there (it's all about being willing to experiment). This sauce is highly overrated – it is universally available and as a result it gets more attention than it deserves.

    This same company makes a chili garlic sauce which is excellent, and in my opinion deserves much more recognition over it's media-hyped sibling.

    Not sure why a poll is included here. It is pretty much worthless considering the majority reading this article already have a Sriracha affliction, so obviously it will be heavily skewed. I would like to see this poll elsewhere, on a non-biased site.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • Keel Hauler

      You're right, but if I'm not mistaken, the chili paste is more expensive and doesn't come in a squeeze bottle. I use it in recipes.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
  31. Daniel

    As a kid (probably 8 or 9 years old), our school took a field trip to the factory that manufactures Tabasco on Avery Island. It was the first year that they allowed tours, and we were the first class to go. The smell in that place was unimaginably overwhelming and powerful. Most of the kids, (myself included) and many of the chaperones had to run out of the building to throw up. I can understand how having to smell this could be so devastating. Needless to say, the Tabasco plant closed for tours shortly afterwards.They've since separated the factory floor from the tour path with glass to eliminate the issue.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Daniel

      To be clear, I love spicy food. It's breathing the vapors from the vinegar that is unbearable.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      I'd throw up if I had to tour Tabasco plant, too. That stuff is turrible. Vinegar, chiles, salt. Mmm. Great recipe, Tabasco.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm |
      • Brian P

        I saw a show on TV in how they make Tabasco, and it didn't look like something I would want to see in person.

        October 30, 2013 at 9:37 pm |
    • Bob Norton

      99% of the aroma of Tabasco sauce comes from the vinegar that they use and NOT from the peppers. I've sniffed it dripping from the tankers that bring it up from Houston. I don't know how they make it but no other vinegar smells like that. Inside the sheds where they salt and ferment the peppers you hardly smell a thing.

      October 30, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  32. TBONE

    I'm more of a Sambal Olek guy myself, so I'm safe. Cock sauce is OK, but not my favourite.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
    • Huy Fong Fan

      Sambal Oelek is made by the Sriracha people. same company.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:53 pm |
      • Bob Norton

        Sambal Oelek is made by a hundred different companies.

        October 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
    • Jerry

      Not that there's anything wrong with that...

      October 30, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
  33. Keel Hauler

    Suck it up, wussies. That sauce is the finest substance known to man. Chicken wings, steak, burgers, you name it! I'd KILL to live near that plant.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
  34. mtlqrx

    I make my own hot sauce from Habanero, Jalapeno, Cayenne, Carolina Reaper or Datil peppers. Much better and hotter than Sriracha.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
    • Jason

      Send me a bottle!!

      October 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
  35. Khaleesi Dannie

    How is the Mother of Dragon to go on without her fire? I'll just have to take my dragons and smoke 'em out

    October 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  36. LaurelG

    I am a sriracha addict of the first order, but I won't stick up for them in this. Pepper oil is dangerous stuff and they are polluting. They need to get their act together.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
  37. Jade_Alpha

    A $600k expense is nothing compared to the costs of an idled plant so if they don't get permission to keep operating I suspect they'll bite the bullet and instal the recommended upgrade.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
  38. GOC Sensei

    I hear Madrigal Electectromotive needs to make up foot the loss of a customer.

    October 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • wow

      HAHAH good one!!

      October 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
    • Bob Norton

      They'd want to dye it blue.

      October 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
  39. Kelly

    Move the factory to Texas.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • Bob Norton

      Texans don't know squat about chiles or hot sauces.

      October 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  40. Lynyrd Skynyrd™

    Whiskey bottles, and brand new cars
    Oak tree you're in my way
    There's too much coke and too much smoke
    Look what's going on inside you

    Ooooh that smell
    Can't you smell that smell
    Ooooh that smell
    The smell of death surrounds you

    October 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      That was totally going through my head while I wrote this.

      October 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • Lynyrd Skynyrd™

        Sometimes it is scary how similarly we think there, Darlin'...

        October 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • Hugh Jass

        I can't get that Tom Jones song out of my head.

        October 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm |
        • Tom Jones

          It's not unusual.

          October 30, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
  41. Lexi

    Eh, I used to like that sauce when I didn't know anything else that was hot.
    Now I am going for Blair's Death Sauces.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      It's not necessarily the heat for me, though it's got a nice kick – it's the garlic flavor that separates it from other sauces for me, and it viscosity as well

      October 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • wow

      Blair hot sauce is absolutely ridiculous. If you use more than a drop you will ruin the food.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  42. A

    I love this stuff so much that if I could I would bathe in it. I would have a passionate affair with the bottle if I could figure out how to french kiss it. I put it on everything. I put it in coffee. Love does not describe the feelings that I have for this magic in a bottle.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      I put them sh!ts on ice cream, I put in my baby's formula!

      October 30, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
    • Lies

      You CAN bathe in it. What's stopping you?

      October 30, 2013 at 2:12 pm |
    • Brian P

      I use it when I eat Chinese food, and it isn't all that.

      October 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
  43. Jacob

    Am I the only one who finds it a little racially inappropriate that they chose the Asian American reporter to report on Sriracha?

    October 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
    • eric

      NO ONE CARES. Worry about the important things in life.

      October 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm |
    • JP

      yes, you're the only one.

      October 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Didn't even notice until the PC police here said something.

      Get a life, Sensi-Dummy

      October 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Nick

      So you would limit a hard-working Asian-American's ability to do their job? It sounds like you're the racially insensitive one.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Lies

      It's actually racist of YOU to assume, just cuz (s)he's Asian, that (s)he ISN'T the best/most qualified reporter for this piece.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm |
    • Hugh Jass

      Yeah, just you.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
  44. eeyore004

    I'll use it as an ingredient as a recipe, but not as a condiment.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  45. pogo

    If you bought a house after 1983 without doing your due diligence and researching what's around the house you're buying you have no right to complain. It's not like they snuck the place in one night when no one was looking.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
    • asdrel

      The CNN story line made a reference to a "new" sauce factory. Is it really new to the community or have they been making this stuff since 1983 and CNN is just using poor story titles? Any valid information about this? If it has been there for 30 years then tough, why complain after all this time. If it really is new then maybe they have a legitimate beef. I've never heard of the stuff and don't know what the real situation is, so I can't give an informed pinion about who has the right to complain.

      October 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
    • Rick

      Did you actually read the article? It seems that you value businesses over property owners, but the plant just moved to the location where it is causing the problems. Here is a quote from the article, maybe you can use the search feature in your browser to find it, since your reading skills aren't up to par

      " For most of its lifespan, Huy Fong produced the condiment in a residential area of Rosemead, California to no issues, but moved to Irwindale City earlier this year."

      October 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • kennethmstory

      Actually, this is the new factory they opened two years ago, so it was Huy Fong Foods that moved into the neighborhood, not the residents.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • Bob Norton

        So the Irwindalians were a bit remiss in how they zoned their city, weren't they?

        October 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
    • Daniel

      They moved there a year ago. Read the article. Even still, you have a right to complain. They have no right to devalue your property or standard of living. They should be operating in a commercial area and they should have adequate ventilation to filter out the offending scent.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Rick

      the plant just moved to the current location this year. Try reading the article.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Kraffty

      This plant is less than a year old and it is HUGE. We drive by it every day and just starting noticing the smell a couple of weeks ago. Somedays it smells like backed up sewers and other times like onions or garlic. Love the stuff but glad we don't live close by.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:07 pm |
    • ala005

      Read the article more closely, moron... "For most of its lifespan, Huy Fong produced the condiment in a residential area of Rosemead, California to no issues, but moved to Irwindale City earlier this year."

      October 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm |
    • nepawoods

      Quote: For most of its lifespan, Huy Fong produced the condiment in a residential area of Rosemead, California to no issues, but moved to Irwindale City earlier this year.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm |
    • Mike

      You mean other than the face that the Sriracha plant just moved to Irwindale City this year? Did you read the article?

      October 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
    • Person

      The resident families have actually been in the city for over 50 years; most of the businesses came after. The issue is not simply the smell, but for those with respiratory issues, it is a little overwhelming. I don't think the end result is to shut the business down, simply to try to lessen the impact on those with already compromised respiratory systems.

      October 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Albert the Alligator

      You done posted too quick there, mon compere. This is the new factory's first batch of sauce, and they done have let the pepper dust git outta that there smokestack.

      October 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm |
  46. Eric

    A Sriracha burn. It'll hurt more than you've ever been burned. Without pain, without sacrifice, we would have nothing. Stay with it. This is your pain. It's right here. What you're feeling is premature enlightenment. It is only after we've lost everything that we are free to do anything.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
    • Ned

      Are you capable of not verbatim copying The Oatmeal? Come on, think for yourself.

      October 30, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
      • ninlar

        part of that Oatmeal quote is copied from Fight Club:
        "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything."
        Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

        October 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm |
  47. zakk the bear

    I would club a baby seal at a PETA meeting only to dip it in Sriracha.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      LOL

      October 30, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • asdrel

      Just look out for Mama and Papa Seal; they may want to dip you in something :)

      October 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
    • Keel Hauler

      Ha! Great one. And I totally agree.

      October 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
  48. Elisa

    http://www.hourglassfootwear.com/Rock_Out_Stiletto_p/rockoutstiletto.htm

    October 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
  49. Dwk

    I'd fight a war for this stuff. These causualties are something we just need to accept and move on for the greater good.

    October 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
    • Keel Hauler

      Dam.n right! They will not stop the production of my rooster sauce!

      October 30, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
  50. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Then move. Rooster Sauce 4 Lyfe!!!!!111!!

    October 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
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