Like an athlete cut down in their prime by an injury, Sriracha is being stopped in its tracks just as it was hitting its peak as a trend ingredient: a California court has ordered a partial shutdown of the hot sauce’s California factory. The problem stems from concerned Irwindale locals, who sued the factory over Sriracha fume-related health complaints including headaches, runny noses, and even nosebleeds.
Though this’ll likely be resolved out of court in due time, even a temporary shutdown could cause a lot of problems for the company. As Atlantic Cities points out, their specialized process—which involves millions of pounds of chilies that need to be used during a specific time of year—could throw off production for the entire next year’s supply of spicy sauce. Seems like as good a time as any to do a little light stockpiling, no?
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