The Irwindale City Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to declare the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory, makers of the popular hot sauce with the rooster on the label, a public nuisance.
The hot sauce maker has been battling the city since Irwindale filed a lawsuit in October, after numerous residents complained of sore throats, nosebleeds, burning eyes and other health conditions claimed to have been caused by the chile odor from the plant.
Huy Fong Foods was in the process of submitting an action plan within 10 days to have the smell taken care of by June 1, reported The Times' Frank Shyong, but it was too late.
If, during its next meeting, the City Council does not grant the company 90 days to fix the odor, the city will be able to go in and make the necessary changes to fix the problem itself and serve Huy Fong Foods the bill.
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