Pete Kane NPR
Oh, noes, Sriracha is back in the news. And not because someone discovered a tasty new use.
Last fall, the town of Irwindale, California complained that parent company Huy Fong Foods' plant was causing widespread health problems, including irritated eyes, headaches, sore throats. (So much for those highly coveted Scoville units.) The facility was forced to shut down for awhile, causing looting and food riots as people ransacked shelves for the vinegary Vietnamese/Thai condiment. Now the Irwindale city council has given Huy Fong 90 days to do something about the odors generated from processing 45,000 tons of chilies a year -- the actual grinding of which resumes in August.
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