Sriracha fans can breathe easy for the moment, as a Supreme Court Judge has ruled that the Irwindale, Calif. plant can stay open—for now.
Yesterday, Judge Robert H. O'Brien blocked the city's request to for a restraining order. Instead, he scheduled a Nov. 22 hearing to determine whether or not the factory should be shut down while it addresses issues that have allegedly resulted in Irwindale residents experiencing foul odors and burning eyes. O'Brien's ruling will allow the Huy Fong Foods to process the pepers necessary for next year's Sriracha supply. Priorities.
"You're asking for a very radical order on a 24-hour notice," O'Brien said of the city's request. "You probably should have come in earlier."
On Monday, Irwindale sued the plant, alleging that the pungent smell created by ground peppers was a municipal code violation as well as a public hazard. This came after residents near the plant complained of sore throats and the aforementioned burning eyes.
According to Huy Fong Foods CEO David Tran, the stench is what gives Sriracha its power. "If it doesn't smell, we can't sell," he said. Quote. Of. The. Year.
[via Los Angeles Times]