Irwindale City council votes to end hot sauce dispute
The council of small Southern California city of Irwindale has finally dropped a public nuisance declaration and lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods - the maker of popular Sriracha hot sauce.
The public nuisance declaration was issued after a number of residents complained that smells from the factory were unbearable. On the other hand, Sriracha lovers were worried that any strict action against the factory could create shortages of the sauce.
City council officials reportedly held a secret meeting with Huy Fong Foods CEO David Tran and representatives of Governor Jerry Brown's Business & Economic Development Office. Following the meeting, Mayor Mark Breceda announced that he would ask the council to end the fight.
The move has apparently put an end to the dispute between the sauce maker and the council of the small Southern California.
Fred Barbosa, who lives in Irwindale, said, "Thank you so much for saving Irwindale because we were headed in the wrong direction."
Bob Machuca, from Economic Development Corp. of Los Angeles County, said that the resolution proved that California was as open for business as it used to be.
The city of around one and half thousand people had been at odds with Huy Fong Foods, after it moved its main operations into the city last year. Many residents complained that the spicy smells from the factory burned their eyes and throats.
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