LOS ANGELES (AP) — The maker of Sriracha hot sauce is under fire for allegedly fouling the air around its
The city of
City officials say residents have been complaining of burning eyes, irritated throats and headaches and that some people have had to leave their house to escape the smell.
One family was forced to move a birthday party indoors after the strong smell overwhelmed the festivity, Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante told the Los Angeles Times.
Huy Fong initially cooperated with the city, but talks broke down last week after company representatives denied there was an odor problem, saying their employees worked in similar olfactory settings without complaint, Galante said.
The city, which is about 20 miles east of downtown
"If they fix it and the odor problems stop, we don't need this order; but so far the odor complaints continue," Galante said.
An after-hours call to the company was not immediately returned.
Huy Fong's green-capped chili bottles are hugely popular and are a fixture at restaurants around the world. The first Sriracha Festival held in downtown
The company had operated out of two buildings in nearby
All of the chili needed for producing the year's sauce is processed and stored between September and December.
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