A judge had ruled the Sriracha factory in California a health hazard – but measures have since been taken to protect nearby residents from fumes.
Those living near the Sriracha (pronounced suhr-AH’-chuh) factory in Irwindale, California complained that the fumes expelled during the chilli harvest season were like “respiratory napalm”, burning their throats and eyes.
Last month a judge agreed, and sent fans into a stockpiling frenzy by ordering city officials to step in and shut down the factory if the problem could not be resolved.
Yet after the sauce’s creator David Tran provided assurances that the issue would be addressed – and hinted at taking his business to Texas instead – the Irwindale council voted unanimously to drop both the public nuisance declaration and a lawsuit against his company, Huy Fong Foods.
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Just got to love the bit about how hinting “taking his business to Texas” seems to have been instrumental in winning over the council. Cynical? Me? Oh yes, very much so.