A judge has given a dose of cold water to the hot sauce Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy condiment must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.
Judge Robert H. O’Brien found in favor of the city of Irwindale where Sriracha recently relocated, saying sauce maker Huy Fong Foods must stop any operations that could be causing the odors and make changes to mitigate them.
O’Brien’s injunction, given in response to a lawsuit filed by the city on Oct. 21, does not specify what types of actions are required or force the factory to shut down altogether, the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/17SSD2h) reported.
Irwindale is a rarity in these troubled economic times-a California city that recently had a business move to it. The standard procedure here in the Golden State is to send businesses fleeing to Anywhere But Here and watch the tax revenue dwindle until the only local industry is bankruptcy law. So the first thing Irwindale does when given a chance to buck the trend is ask the gift horse to open wide so they can take a peek.
Then again, this is the city that blew $20 million trying to woo the Raiders before they fled back to Oakland.