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Sriracha Battle Over: City Council Drops Lawsuit and Public Nuisance Declaration

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The ongoing dispute between the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha factory and the Irwindale, California city council over the supposedly noxious odors coming from the factory have finally come to an end. Pasadena Star-News reports that the city council voted last night to dismiss the public nuisance declaration from April and their ongoing lawsuit initially filed in the Fall.

According to the AP, the council vote was unanimous, with one member abstaining. The vote was apparently made after Huy Fong Foods founder David Tran committed to continuing his efforts to mitigate any odors created during the chili grinding season. Tran sent a letter to the council saying, "At the commencement of this year's chile harvest season, if the air filtration system does not perform well, then Huy Fong Foods will make the necessary changes in order to better the system right away."

The city council vote presumably puts an end to any moving plans Huy Fong Foods may have had. Earlier this month Tran invited a "delegation" of Texas politicians to tour the factory and also extended a meeting opportunity with a particularly vocal Texas councilman.

Despite taking these meetings, Tran told Eater that he was not interested in moving his operations saying, "Why should I move?" A representative of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. tells Pasadena Star-News that last night's decision proves California is "open for business."

· Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory No Longer Considered a Public Nuisance in Irwindale [PSN]
· California City Votes to End Hot Sauce Dispute [AP]
· California Sriracha Factory Declared a Public Nuisance [-E-]
· All Sriracha Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Huy Fong Foods

4800 Azusa Canyon Road Irwindale, CA 91706