Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert H. O'Brien heard testimony Friday from attorneys for the city of Irwindale, Calif., and the owner of the Sriracha plant, but the judge held off making an immediate decision whether to temporarily idle the factory.
The city sought the temporary injunction to stop the grinding processing at the plant owned by Huy Fong Foods, maker of a popular Sriracha hot chili sauce. The city contends the facility's grinding of hot peppers is causing neighbors near that plant to smell odors and suffer symptoms such as burning eyes and irritated throats.
O'Brien seemed surprised there was no final report on the odor issue available from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), a regulatory agency overseeing air quality control in the region. The judge heard testimony that AQMD took samples around the plant but still hasn't issued its final report on the odor case.
"I really had anticipated more information from your side," the judge said to plant attorney John Tate.
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