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Sriracha factory banner: 'No Tear Gas Made Here'

A sign that reads 'No Tear Gas Made Here' is seen outside the Sriracha factory in Irwindale, Calif.

December 1, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Days after the Sriracha factory was ordered to partially shut down, the Huy Fong Foods company has hung a banner outside of its Irwindale facility.

The banner reads "No Tear Gas Made Here." This comes after a judge on Tuesday ordered the factory to partially shut down and immediately make changes to reduce the smell coming from it.

According to some residents, a smell that wafts from the factory has caused headaches, watery eyes and even a burning sensation in the throat.

Huy Fong Foods uses 100 million pounds of peppers a year to make the sauce. The plant does have exhaust fans on the roof for ventilation, and Huy Fong Foods says it passed a recent inspection by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.