Sriracha Factory Ordered to Cease Unneighborly Operations by California Judge

Endangered hot sauce.
Endangered hot sauce. Photo: Amazon

Last night, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled that David Tran’s Huy Fong Foods factory must cease any kind of production that causes the strong odors wafting through the neighborhood and ruining people’s lives. The Irwindale, California, complex produces the entire world’s supply of Tran’s beloved brand of Sriracha sauce. In the ruling, Judge Robert H O’Brien wrote that the pesky burning sensation neighbors have been complaining about can be “reasonably inferred to be emanating from the facility.” Interestingly enough, Huy Fong isn’t now required to stop all operations, just those that are nebulously defined to be causing a public nuisance. The judge is expected to sign the injunction this morning, so don’t be surprised if you read about a human-chain barricade consisting of people in red-and-green hot sauce costumes blocking the courthouse a little later today. [LA Times, Earlier, Earlier]