After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said in remarks reported today that he is seriously considering moving his factory to another location.
Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory, the Los Angeles Times reported. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production.
Tran stressed he has not decided whether to move but would like to explore his options, according to The Times.
The Irwindale City Council voted unanimously last week to designate the factory a public nuisance despite promises from the company that it would submit an action plan and fix the smell by June 1.
Tran said he fears the city won't accept any solution he proposes, The Times reported. If Irwindale residents continue to complain even after smell- mitigation technology is installed, Sriracha's legal troubles could have no end, he said.
City officials "tell you one thing, but think another," Tran told The Times in an interview at Huy Fong Foods on Wednesday. "I don't want to sit here and wait to die."
Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante told the newspaper he is confused and disappointed by Tran's actions. Irwindale officials just want an action plan to be submitted, and Galante said that Tran has not proposed any solutions for the city to reject.
"This seems very extreme," Galante said. "It's disappointing giving that (air quality officials) have explained that there are readily available solutions."
Irwindale's public nuisance designation gives city officials the authority to enter the factory and install smell-mitigation technology if the company does not make the appropriate changes within approximately 90 days.
—City News Service