Sriracha hot sauce controversy began as the city said that the factory's smells were unbearable. Now, the Sriracha hot sauce controversy is finally ending ending as the Irwindale City Council gained votes to drop the lawsuit against the makers of the hot sauce.
According to The Associated Press, the Sriracha hot sauce controversy was between the makers of the popular hot sauce and Irwindale, a small Southern city in California.
Reports say that the city, with the population of about 1,400 people, had been at odds with the company. It reportedly moved its main operations there recently, after residents complained last year of spicy odors burned their throats and eyes.
City officials have met behind closed doors to discuss the Sriracha hot sauce controversy on Tuesday. Attendees included David Tran, the company's CEO, and representatives of Gov. Jerry Brown's Business and Economic Development Office. After the meeting, Mayor Mark Breceda said he would ask the council to end the fight.
Tran is an immigrant from Vietnam who handles Sriracha, a company which produces several chili sauces based on the flavors of his native country.
The fate of the Sriracha hot sauce controversy was decided during a closed-session council vote which produced a unanimous decision. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that only one councilman abstained to the decision due to a conflict of interest.
KXAN reports that the Sriracha hot sauce controversy was able to end due to the Irwindale City Council voting to drop a public nuisance declaration and lawsuit against the makers of Sriracha hot sauce.
On Wednesday night, the dual moves reportedly brought an effective end to the Sriracha hot sauce controversy which resulted in Sriracha patrons getting worried over future shortages of the hot sauce.
Residents and business leaders reportedly praised the vote as some even called it overdue.
Irwindale Fred Barbosa, a resident of Irwindale told the Tribune after the vote, "Thank you so much for saving Irwindale because we were headed in the wrong direction."
According to Bob Machuca of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., because of the resolution on the Sriracha hot sauce controversy, it showed that California is "open for business" and is "what we needed to do a long time ago."
The feud even amazingly brought on suitors to the hot sauce company. The state of Texas even offered Huy Fong Foods, Sriracha's producer, a friendlier place to produce their hot sauce.
Though it has been unclear as to why exactly the council changed its position, the hot sauce company had apparently been asking the city for more time as it worked with regional air-quality officials on a plan to make the smell go away.
Sriracha hot sauce controversy has finally ended as Tran said on Tuesday that he installed stronger filters at the plant. He is confident that these will block fumes when the chili-grinding season begins in August.