Sriracha plant ordered to partially shut down in California


Dive Brief:

  • Judge Robert H. O'Brien of the Los Angeles County Superior Court ordered Huy Fong Foods' Sriracha plant in Irwindale, Calif., to partially shut down on Tuesday.
  • The decision came as the result of complaints from the surrounding community over odors coming from the facility.
  • The ruling would go into effect as soon as Wednesday, calling on Huy Fong to cease any operations at the plant that would contribute to the odors in question.

Dive Insight:

The same judge denied an earlier request in October to get an immediate injunction against the plant, but this time Huy Fong will face a meaningful order to curb its activities while the case moves forward. What the decision will mean to Sriracha output remains to be seen, but it's clear that the city has managed to find favor with O'Brien.