2-week truce for hot sauce maker, California city

Apr 24, 2014 3:36 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha (suhr-AH'-chuh) plant a public nuisance.

About 100 supporters of the hot sauce including owner David Tran rallied outside City Hall before the meeting.

Irwindale's city attorney requested the delay, saying he's in settlement talks with attorneys for Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods.

Two weeks ago, council members tentatively but unanimously voted the 2-year-old plant was a nuisance.

If the council had finalized its vote Wednesday, Huy Fong would have had 90 days to stop releasing the spicy emanations that neighbors say are burning their eyes and throats.

The issue has garnered significant attention in the north state as an Oroville business group has made its desire to bring the hot sauce company to town well known the last few days.


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