California City Faces Off Against Hot Sauce Factory

The Asian chili garlic sauce Sriracha is becoming more and more popular in the U.S. But dozens of Irwindale, Calif., residents have complained about the spicy smell coming from the Huy Fong factory there. Residents say the smell is causing headaches and eye and throat irritation. The city has gone to court to try to halt production until a solution is found.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And that brings us to today's last word in business - which is spicy.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Asian chili garlic sauce, sriracha, is becoming more and more popular here in the U.S. Many love it for its eye watering cake, but not everybody.

INSKEEP: Dozens of Irwindale, California residents have complained about the spicy smell coming from the Huy Fong factory in the city where 200,000 bottles of the sauce are packed every day. Residents say that smell is causing headaches, eye and throat irritation.

MONTAGNE: After trying in vain to get the factory to fix the quote, "pepper air," the city of Irwindale has gone to court to halt production until a solution is found.

INSKEEP: And in response, Huy Fong is appealing to the taste buds and pocketbooks of its large fan base, warning that a factory closure could force the price of Sriracha to quote, "jump a lot."

That's the business news on the program that needs no extra spices, MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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