Sriracha cha-cha-cha continues as back-and-forth fight between city, hot sauce maker delayed

The Associated Press
April 24, 2014 12:26 AM

Sriracha hot sauce founder David Tran, second from right, with his workers and supporters protest ahead of the city council meeting in Irwindale, Calif., Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The Irwindale City Council has declared that the factory that produces the popular Sriracha hot sauce is a public nuisance. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha (suhr-AH'-chuh) plant a public nuisance.

About 100 supporters of the hot sauce including owner David Tran rallied outside City Hall before the meeting.

Irwindale's city attorney requested the delay, saying he's in settlement talks with attorneys for Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods.

Two weeks ago, council members tentatively but unanimously voted the 2-year-old plant was a nuisance.

If the council had finalized its vote Wednesday, Huy Fong would have had 90 days to stop releasing the spicy emanations that neighbours say are burning their eyes and throats.


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