In April 2013, I wrote a profile of Sriracha creater and CEO of Huy Fong Foods David Tran that was one of latimes.com’s most shared stories in history, touching off a wave of media coverage for a notoriously secretive sauce maker.
Later that year, residents near the factory began to complain about a spicy smell that they compared to teargas. The city of Irwindale took action.
Thus began the Great Sriracha Panic 0f 2013 and now, 2014. I led the coverage for the Los Angeles Times and broke several stories. A few are selected and gathered below.
Some neighbors say Sriracha factory’s smell is creating headaches (I stuck my head in a smokestack spewing spicy air for this one)
The CEO tells me that he’s considering moving. 10 states offer berths.