The maker of popular hot chili sauce Sriracha made a bold statement Friday with a banner reading, “No tear gas made here,” placed outside its California factory.
Huy Fong Foods CEO David Tran had released a statement with the same sentiment Wednesday morning following a ruling from a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge that said Tran must partially shut down his factory due to odor complaints from residents near the factory.
The city of Irwindale had sued Huy Fong Foods claiming the smells coming from the factory created a “public nuisance” after residents began complaining the odor caused their eyes to burn, gave them coughing fits, created gagging sensations, and gave them heartburn and even nosebleeds.
One resident compared a whiff of odors emanating from the factory to pepper spray, according to court documents.
Huy Fong officials were not available for comment Friday.
Judge Robert H. O'Brien ordered on Tuesday that Huy Fong must shut down the part of its operation that causes the odor and immediately make changes to mitigate the smell.
Huy Fong has said the ruling could mean there will be 200,000 less bottles of Sriracha sauce produced each day.
The city has until Wednesday to submit its proposed preliminary injunction to the court.
The color of the banner raised outside Huy Fong matched the sauce's iconic green-colored lid.