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#Srirachapocalypse? Sriracha hot sauce shortage begins as sales halted
San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA) ^ | 12/11/13 | Lauren Gold

Posted on 12/12/2013 4:20:17 AM PST by Aunt Polgara

IRWINDALE>> The famous rooster sauce is in short supply this month thanks to a new state regulation that requires manufacturer Huy Fong Foods to hold its Sriracha for 30 days before shipping it.

Officials with the California Department of Public Health said a rule change affecting the company’s production procedure for Sriracha and its other two sauces became necessary after government officials reviewed the manufacturing process earlier this year.

“The regulations outlining this process have been in existence for years, but the modified production requirements were established for the firm this year,” state Health Department spokeswoman Anita Gore said in a written statement.

Because Sriracha is not cooked, only mashed and blended, Huy Fong needs to make sure its bottles won’t harbor dangerous bacteria.

The hold took effect on Monday, so Huy Fong can’t ship any of its product until the middle of January. This means a shortage of supply for many of the company’s customers.

“It’s a disaster,” said Damon Chu, president of Giant Union Co. “We’ve done business with them for 20 years and we’ve never had this kind of thing before. We get shipments every two to five days and we never had any thought of them saying they don’t have it, so we don’t store that much.”

Chu said his Whittier-based company, which ships out the three different Huy Fong sauces to wholesale distributors, has no Sriracha left. The impending shortage could affect businesses that serve everything from spicy tuna rolls to hot dogs and pizza.

Many of Chu’s customers are already upset about the Sriracha shortage.

“We have contracts with them and if we don’t supply it they are going to sue us,” Chu said. “We are trying to convince them it’s not our fault. We are kind of nervous.”

Donna Lam, executive operations officer for Huy Fong Foods, said the company has been fighting stricter regulations, but gave in this week.

“It’s not a bad product, that’s not the issue. It’s strictly regulations,” Lam said. “We’re back ordered as it is but now we have to tell customers we aren’t sending anything until mid-January.”

Lam said the company has been saddled with the hold rule since it began production at its 650,000 square foot factory in Irwindale. Previously the spicy condiment had been manufactured for 30 years in Rosemead.

The shipping halt is just the latest in a series of setbacks for the chili sauce giant. Huy Fong is in the midst of a legal battle with the city of Irwindale after residents complained of odors coming from the factory. An L.A. judge ordered the company to stop production unless they could reduce the smell.

Despite the panic by some distributors, others weren’t too concerned.

Eric Greenspan, chef at The Foundry in Los Angeles, said he loves the famous rooster sauce, but would be able to get by if there were a temporary shortage.

“If I have to mix Tabasco and ketchup for a day or two I will,” said Greenspan, who participated in this year’s first ever L.A. Sriracha Festival.

Greenspan said he thinks the Sriracha crisis is getting a bit extreme.

“This much stuff doesn’t happen to a condiment all at once, it’s farcical,” Greenspan said. “I’m not saying it’s a conspiracy theory, but I’m saying it’s a conspiracy theory. How come mayonnaise has never had this problem?”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Miscellaneous; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; chilesauce; hotsauce; huyfong; sriracha

1 posted on 12/12/2013 4:20:17 AM PST by Aunt Polgara
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To: Aunt Polgara

A more competent government entity would have phased in the 30 day rule to avoid the massive disruption to supply.

With sufficient notice, the customers could have increased their stocks a bit.

The manufacturer could have increased it’s production to ride through the new requirement.

But no... They have to implement the 30 day rule all at once causing a market shortage and a fake bust/boom cycle.

Idiots. They be idiots.

Were there even any ‘incidents’ to back up this government demand?


2 posted on 12/12/2013 4:28:14 AM PST by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Aunt Polgara

I love the “stuff” and have stacked up a supply before the nanny state struck. Any medical or biology folks out there that could specify what bacteria or virus could use this hot sauce as a growth medium?


3 posted on 12/12/2013 4:32:15 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Aunt Polgara
Hm?.....The executives of the company spoke out against Obama? Did they give a donation to a TEA Party candidate? Someone posted a joke about the “Won” on YouTube?

Soon to follow will be the IRS, EPA, OSHA, DEA, ICE, ...etc.

4 posted on 12/12/2013 4:34:08 AM PST by wintertime
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To: Aunt Polgara

*epic_facepalm*


5 posted on 12/12/2013 4:41:29 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Aunt Polgara

If they sold out to Kraft or Heinz or one of the other big conglomerates their problems would disappear over night.


6 posted on 12/12/2013 4:46:52 AM PST by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: Aunt Polgara

I wonder if the owners of Huy Fong Foods had the temerity to donate to Republicans? Or, even worse, TEA Party folk?

Move to Texas. Now.


7 posted on 12/12/2013 4:47:57 AM PST by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: Aunt Polgara

BS

My understanding is the city council is of one persuasion and owner didn’t play along. Wonder if Sharpton/Jackson learned anything from this.


8 posted on 12/12/2013 4:56:12 AM PST by CincyRichieRich (“Some animals are more equal than others" - George Orwell)
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To: Aunt Polgara
Huy Fong is in the midst of a legal battle with the city of Irwindale after residents complained of odors coming from the factory. An L.A. judge ordered the company to stop production unless they could reduce the smell.

No problem. I'm sure in a few more years California's remaining factories will be just like Detroit's; shuttered. No problem with any nasty aromas... well, except for decay.

9 posted on 12/12/2013 5:03:03 AM PST by Flick Lives (Greetings from District 12!)
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To: Aunt Polgara
If you like your Sriracha,
you can keep it,
no one is going to take your Srirach way from you.
No one. Period.

10 posted on 12/12/2013 5:07:28 AM PST by Delta 21 (If you like your freedom, you can keep your freedom. Period.)
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To: Aunt Polgara

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


11 posted on 12/12/2013 5:08:07 AM PST by subterfuge (CBS NBC ABC FOX AP-- all no different than Pravda.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad
Idiots. They be idiots.

With a hat tip to RAH, "In a mature society, civil servant is semantically equal to civil master." Note that there is no requirement in any government job description for 'common sense' ( a commodity generally lacking in your average government regulator!)

12 posted on 12/12/2013 5:08:47 AM PST by SES1066 (To expect courteous government is insanity!)
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To: Aunt Polgara

Noticed that Trader Joe’s sells sriracha. Must give it a try...


13 posted on 12/12/2013 5:27:18 AM PST by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: Aunt Polgara

Looks like some one will have to step up and replace the hot cock.


14 posted on 12/12/2013 5:32:27 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Aunt Polgara

The left could **** up a wet dream.


15 posted on 12/12/2013 5:36:08 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Pikachu_Dad

Subway was offering sandwiches with this stuff, what do they do now?


16 posted on 12/12/2013 5:42:18 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Aunt Polgara

Mmmmmmmmmmm!
Good ol’ local Thai village breakfast .... big ol bowl full of nice steamed rice, a little rooster sauce, and a cup of coffee. All for 35 cents ... 1972 price index a.k.a. 7 baht.


17 posted on 12/12/2013 5:43:29 AM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: CincyRichieRich
Irwindale is a quirky little town. It's major features are the huge gravel pits that helped build LA, the massive flood control dam and the streets lined with tilt-up industrial buildings.

There are only about 2,500 residents, overwhelmingly non-immigrant Hispanic Democrats. The town is run like a big HOA.

I'm not aware of any political leanings of the owner, but I suspect that, like many hard working immigrants here, he isn't involved in politics, which might be a big part of his problem.

And all of you are correct. CA is doing its best to drive business out of the state.

18 posted on 12/12/2013 6:28:22 AM PST by Aunt Polgara
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To: Pikachu_Dad
Were there even any ‘incidents’ to back up this government demand?

The article sure wasn't written very well, was it? What good would it do to delay shipment? If the health dept was concerned about some health issue, how could waiting a month solve the issue? Makes no sense.

19 posted on 12/12/2013 6:31:28 AM PST by Aunt Polgara
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To: Aunt Polgara

Petty bureaucratic bastards.
I love this stuff.


20 posted on 12/12/2013 6:38:06 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Aunt Polgara
Lam said the company has been saddled with the hold rule since it began production at its 650,000 square foot factory in Irwindale. Previously the spicy condiment had been manufactured for 30 years in Rosemead.

Looks like whatever incentives Irwindale offered were fraud. I would call up Rosemead and reopen that factory.

21 posted on 12/12/2013 7:02:17 AM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Aunt Polgara

I bought a large bottle for $2.55 last month only because it was on sale...so I am all set. I like Sriracha because it is not super hot. Tabasco is harsh vinegary crap compared to Sriracha.

Tapatio is a good hot sauce and same for Cholula...both are full body and hot. But not too hot


22 posted on 12/12/2013 7:07:38 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Aunt Polgara

Saw it on the shelf a few days before Thanksgiving. Bought two bottles. That was before the snows hit.


23 posted on 12/12/2013 7:13:53 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Aunt Polgara

Simple answer..move the factory to another state and leave the idiots in California without the jobs or the tax revenue. I am sure Texas would welcome Huy Fong Foods with open arms, give them a ready local market and not tax them to death.


24 posted on 12/12/2013 8:38:31 AM PST by The Great RJ ( eating)
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To: Aunt Polgara

Some competitor or other ill-wisher is using the goobermint to hassle Huy Fong.

There’s nothing wrong with their product or their production and packaging method. They sell gazillions of bottles of the stuff. I have never heard one single complaint about anybody getting sick off their product.

This is “crony capitalism” at its most disgusting, or as Adam Smith called it back in 1776, “mercantilism”.


25 posted on 12/12/2013 8:42:37 AM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Aunt Polgara

CA is the gift that keeps on giving. /s


26 posted on 12/12/2013 12:15:01 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Aunt Polgara

“...The government and regulators of kalifornia are known to most of the rest of the country to cause high blood pressure, sore forehead from the ‘not this 5h1t again’ head-smack, and a general sense of malaise due to the wearysome amount of stupidity that emanates from that western idiocysink...”

KYPD


27 posted on 12/12/2013 3:01:49 PM PST by petro45acp (It's a fabian thing.....how do you boil a frog? How's that water feelin right about now?)
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To: Lazamataz

The left could **** up a wet dream.


‘Bout like teats on a snake....


28 posted on 12/12/2013 4:57:35 PM PST by S.O.S121.500 (Case back hoe for sale or trade for diesel wood chipper....Enforce the Bill of Rights. It's the Law!)
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To: Aunt Polgara
After 30 days, the wares that have been held are sampled for bacteria level.

The "have there been any incidents" question is still valid. I don't know of any samples, at any time or age, that showed a harmful bacteria level. The inspectors are applying their cookie-cutter formula. Not cooked? Hold 30 days, then inspect, then (if it passes) ship.

29 posted on 12/12/2013 5:05:00 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: Aunt Polgara

What happened to the raceway?


30 posted on 12/12/2013 5:16:30 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: The Great RJ

Move to OK....we would love it!!


31 posted on 12/12/2013 5:17:55 PM PST by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: Osage Orange

“What happened to the raceway?”

The Irwindale Raceway is still there.

http://www.irwindalespeedway.com/index.php


32 posted on 12/13/2013 4:39:55 PM PST by Aunt Polgara
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To: jimt
Some competitor or other ill-wisher is using the goobermint to hassle Huy Fong.

My guess is a neighbor of the new factory.

33 posted on 12/13/2013 5:05:01 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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