Politician attempts to spice up local economy

January 20, 2014 by  

A local politician is hot on the trail of jobs in the Dallas area. Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, who loves Sriracha, a chili and garlic hot sauce, is on a mission to have a plant producing the sauce to relocated here.

Villalba wrote to Huy Fong Foods, the maker of Sriracha, about moving their facility from Irwindale, California to Dallas or other nearby community. In the letter, he hit upon the business-friendly environment in Texas and the “greater opportunities for success”. Additionally, he offered to put together a delegation of Texas officials to discuss the matter with them.

Rep. Villalba was prompted to make the offer after The California Department of Public Health ordered Huy Fong to shop shipping its sauces for 30 days commencing December 11. According to a spokesperson for the department, the action was taken to “ensure an effective treatment of microorganisms present in the product.”

According to DallasNews.com, an issue with vapors being admitted from the plant, after residents complained of burning eyes, was addressed by a court in November. A ruling was issued against Huy Fong ordering the factory to stop allowing annoying odors to escape their facility.

No response has come from David Tran, Huy Fong CEO, but Gene Wu, a fellow representative did contact Villalba. Rep. Wu, D-Houston who, like Villalba, loves the spicy condiment, challenged his counterpart to a cooking contest featuring Sriracha.

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