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A judge ordered the partial shutdown of the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha hot sauce plant in Irwindale on Tuesday after the city sued the company last month, claiming the chile odors from the plant are a public nuisance.

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A judge has ordered the partial shutdown of the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha plant in Irwindale. (Credit: Associated Press)

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert H. O’Brien ruled that Huy Fong Foods needs to stop any type of production that may cause chile odors. The company is required to take immediate action to alter its production to lessen the odors.

The ruling could take effect as early as Wednesday, or as soon as the judge signs the injunction.

The Sriracha plant is already done processing the chile it will need for next year’s supply of hot sauce. The processing takes place during a three-month period, but bottling and mixing can take place year round.

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