(Image source: The New York Times / Robert Yager)

 


BY CANDICE AVILES


 

The makers of the much-loved hot sauce Sriracha are facing a lawsuit alleging a factory in Irwindale, California is making life unbearable for nearby residents.

 

Anchor: “Residents began complaining last month about a strong odor as well as burning eyes, irritated throats and folks got headaches too.” (Via KPIX)

 

Resident: “Feeling your nose tingling, you want to sneeze. It’s like cooking chilis in your house and you have that little cough, that itch in your throat.” (Via WSYX)

 

The city of Irwindale filed a suit Monday requesting all production stop at the facility until the smell is contained. The company opened a large factory in the city last year.

 

The Los Angeles Times reports city representatives have met with Huy Fong Foods before to try to solve the problem.

 

The company’s CEO said it has worked to address the complaints, already installing filters and getting two inspections from air quality inspectors who found nothing wrong. (Via The New York Times)

 

He also says none of his workers have reported any symptoms. But according to the city’s attorney...

 

“The odors are so strong and offensive as to have caused residents to move outdoor activities indoors and even to vacate their residences temporarily to seek relief from the odors.” (Via KOVR)

 

So far, the Los Angeles Times reports about 30 residents have filed or signed complaints about the odor. On Thursday, a judge will decide whether to temporarily close, giving time to solve the odor issue.

Sriracha Factory in California Sued Over Chili Odor

by Candice Aviles
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Oct 29, 2013

Sriracha Factory in California Sued Over Chili Odor

(Image source: The New York Times / Robert Yager)

 


BY CANDICE AVILES


 

The makers of the much-loved hot sauce Sriracha are facing a lawsuit alleging a factory in Irwindale, California is making life unbearable for nearby residents.

 

Anchor: “Residents began complaining last month about a strong odor as well as burning eyes, irritated throats and folks got headaches too.” (Via KPIX)

 

Resident: “Feeling your nose tingling, you want to sneeze. It’s like cooking chilis in your house and you have that little cough, that itch in your throat.” (Via WSYX)

 

The city of Irwindale filed a suit Monday requesting all production stop at the facility until the smell is contained. The company opened a large factory in the city last year.

 

The Los Angeles Times reports city representatives have met with Huy Fong Foods before to try to solve the problem.

 

The company’s CEO said it has worked to address the complaints, already installing filters and getting two inspections from air quality inspectors who found nothing wrong. (Via The New York Times)

 

He also says none of his workers have reported any symptoms. But according to the city’s attorney...

 

“The odors are so strong and offensive as to have caused residents to move outdoor activities indoors and even to vacate their residences temporarily to seek relief from the odors.” (Via KOVR)

 

So far, the Los Angeles Times reports about 30 residents have filed or signed complaints about the odor. On Thursday, a judge will decide whether to temporarily close, giving time to solve the odor issue.

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