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Sriracha Factory Ordered To Stop Odor-Causing Operations

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Forget the Black Friday shopping. You should be spending your time this week stockpiling Sriracha, because a judge has ordered Huy Fong Foods Sriracha hot sauce plant to cease any operations causing the alleged foul stench in Irwindale, CA.

Says the L.A. Times:

It is unclear what the ruling means for next year's supply of Sriracha hot sauce. The factory harvests and grinds chilis for three months out of the year, and the grinding of this year's chilis has been completed.But the mixing and the bottling of the sauce occurs on an ongoing basis.

The city of Irwindale filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court in late October asking a judge to stop production at the Huy Fong Foods factory, because of the "public nuisance" of the "strong, offensive chili odor."

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Says Eater:

The injunction orders the factory to "cease any kind of operations that could be causing the odors" and that it "make immediate changes that would help mitigate them," it does not force a complete closure of the factory, nor does it specify what exact changes need to be made.

According to the initial complaint, residents began complaining to the city last month about the overwhelming chili smell from the 600,000-square-food facility, and the neighbors claimed it was causing heartburn, inflamed asthma and even nosebleeds.

The ruling will take effect as soon as the judge signs the injunction, which could be filed as early as Wednesday. One of the company's CEOs warned that if the factory closed, prices could go through the roof.

But it's possible this doesn't mean curtains for the cock sauce. The AP says that the former Rosemead plant produces some, but not all, of the beloved hot sauce. The bulk of it does come from the newer, larger Irwindale plant. The company had plans to eventually shift all production to Irwindale to scale up. But now those plans will have to be reconsidered as the case moves forward.

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Perhaps making that deep fried Sriracha turkey for Thanksgiving is appropriate after all. It could be your last.