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Sriracha Factory Can Stay Open for Now, Judge Rules

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Production of Sriracha can continue at an Irwindale factory, at least for now, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday.

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A worker packs bottles of Sriracha hot sauce into cartons at Huy Fong Foods’ Rosemead plant in 2010. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Judge Robert H. O’Brien denied the city of Irwindale’s request for a temporary restraining order and set a hearing for Nov. 22 to determine whether the hot-sauce factory should be shut down while it fixes alleged odor problems.

The judge’s ruling means that Sriracha will finish processing the peppers they need for next year’s hot-sauce supply. There is just over a week left in the chile harvest and processing period

“It’s rather edgy” to seek an order like this on such short notice, O’Brien said. “You’re asking for a very radical order on a 24-hour notice. You probably should have come in earlier.”

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