Nation

City’s bid to close pungent Sriracha plant in Calif. fails

LOS ANGELES — A judge denied a Southern California city’s attempt Thursday to immediately shut down production of the popular Sriracha chili sauce over complaints about the pungent smell of peppers and garlic emanating from the factory.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O’Brien rejected Irwindale’s initial bid to cease operations at the Huy Fong Foods plant until the company can reduce the odor.

Advertisement

‘‘You’re asking for a very radical order on 24-hour notice,’’ O’Brien told attorney June Ailin, representing the city. A Nov. 22 hearing was scheduled on a preliminary injunction.

The sprawling 650,000-square-foot factory processes 100 million pounds of peppers a year into Sriracha and two other Asian food sauces.

Get Ground Game in your inbox:
Daily updates and analysis on national politics from James Pindell.
Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here

The plant’s fumes are sent through a carbon-based filtration system that dissipates them before they leave the building, but not nearly enough, residents say.

Associated Press

Loading comments...
Real journalists. Real journalism. Subscribe to The Boston Globe today.
We hope you've enjoyed your free articles.
Continue reading by subscribing to Globe.com for just 99¢.
 Already a member? Log in Home
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com