Irwindale Sues Makers Of Sriracha Over Smell Generated By Processing Plant

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(Photo by SASA DJORDJEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by SASA DJORDJEVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES ( — The city of Irwindale is apparently not among the legions of fans of the wildly popular Sriracha hot sauce — or, at least how the chili sauce smells.

The city has filed a public nuisance complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against the makers of Sriracha, demanding the company halt operations at its processing plant until it stops creating odors that have generated complaints by residents.

The complaint filed against Huy Fong Foods Inc., which lists Sriracha as one of its most popular products on its website, seeks temporary, preliminary and permanent injunctions “enjoining all operations on … the subject property until (Huy) abates the public nuisance herein by preventing and causing the emanation of the strong, offensive chili odor.”

According to the complaint, residents began complaining last month to the city about the chili smell from the 600,000-square-foot facility.

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