Lawmaker Wants Sriracha To Move To Texas

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 12: Bottles of Sriracha hot chili sauce are shown on December 12, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha, says it can't ship any more of its sauce until next month because in California, where the sauce is produced, the Department of Public Health is now enforcing stricter guidelines that require sauces be held for 35 days before they are shipped. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images) | Scott Olson via Getty Images

IRWINDALE, Calif. (AP) — A Texas lawmaker is making a pitch to move Sriracha (suhr-AH'-chuh) hot sauce production to his state from a plant in Irwindale, California, where some residents' complaints about its smell have led to city action.

Texas state Rep. Jason Villalba visited the plant on Monday and was greeted by owner David Tran.

Villalba tells KTTV-TV ( he'll try to draw distinctions between Texas and California in terms of taxes, regulatory climate and lawsuits.

The Irwindale City Council has tentatively voted to declare the plant a nuisance. A vote that had been delayed was rescheduled for Wednesday, but a staff recommendation urges that it again be postponed.

The flap over the popular hot sauce has led to numerous solicitations for the plant to relocate elsewhere in California or to other states.


Information from: KTTV-TV,

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