A judge denied the city of Irwindale’s request to close the “smelly” factory . Rejoice, people of the internet — your sauce is safe.
Huy Fong Foods factory on Oct. 30.
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A California judge has denied a city's request to order Huy Fong Foods to cease operations at its local plant.
Huy Fong Foods opened the 650,000-square-foot factory in Irwindale in 2010. Every fall, the plant roasts chiles for the popular Sriracha sauce.
Recently, some Irwindale residents have complained about the factory's strong odors — reporting burning eyes, irritated throats, headaches, and a smell "so aggressive that one family was forced to move a birthday party indoors" — leading the city to file a lawsuit Monday with Los Angeles County's Superior Court.
"Given how long it's going on, we had no choice but to institute this action," Irwindale City Atty. Fred Galante told the Los Angeles Times. (A BuzzFeed reporter in Irwindale wrote Wednesday that the smell was "faint, pleasant even.")
But before the judge's ruling, Huy Fong Foods CEO David Tran warned that the price of Sriracha would spike under a shutdown.
"If it doesn't smell, we can't sell," he said. "If the city shuts us down, the price of Sriracha will jump a lot."
Which may have sparked a minor panic ...
"#srirachaapocalypse? We got it covered. Bought out the entire shelf of #HuyFongFoods #sriracha last night. #preparingforthesrirachaapocalypse"
"Refusing to be a victim of the factory shutdown. Now a victim of the (possible) marketing ploy. #sriracha"