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California city declares Sriracha maker a nuisance

A California municipality has declared a Huy Fong Foods factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.
A California municipality has declared a Huy Fong Foods factory that makes Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.Nick Ut/Associated Press/File 2013

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A Southern California city has declared the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.

The Irwindale City Council’s action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall. Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.

The decision came despite testimony by air-quality experts that progress was being made toward a resolution. The South Coast Air Quality Management District said its inspectors have taken air samples inside the plant, and believed the information gathered should allow the factory and the city to resolve their differences.

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