Sriracha CEO: The US Is Starting to Feel Like Communist Vietnam

Leah Barkoukis

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Vietnam? So says David Tran, the CEO of Huy Fong Foods and maker of the hot sauce Sriracha. Tran, who was a major in the South Vietnamese army, fled to the U.S. with his family more than 30 years ago when North Vietnam’s communists took power in South Vietnam.

Via  Fox News:

… “Today, I feel almost the same. Even now, we live in [the] USA, and my feeling, the government, not a big difference.”

Huy Fong Food’s Sriracha, the cult hot sauce, has faced months of red tape and shutdown threats from Irwindale, Calif., officials after a few dozen residents complained they were suffering from burning eyes, headaches and asthma.

Despite local government disputes, Tran, who has lived in California for 30 years, has decided to stay in his Irwindale factory. However, he is not ruling out opening another Sriracha factory outside of California.

City officials argue that they’ve had enough complaints about the odors the factory emits to justify their actions against Huy Fong Foods, but inspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District have found no evidence of a violation, despite multiple tests. “The agency said just four households have made about two-thirds of the approximately 70 complaints they’ve received,” the LA Times reports.

“I have had the bad luck to move into a city with a government that acts like a local king,” Tran said in an interview last week.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari told reporters that what Tran is facing is merely a “greater symbol of the…hostile business climate that we have in California.”


6 responses to “Sriracha CEO: The US Is Starting to Feel Like Communist Vietnam

  1. I found this interesting how people complain about the bad air quality in their community but the Air Quality Management District determined that there wasn’t anything harmful in the air. I think there’s some political inequality in this situation.

  2. This is ridiculous, people have nothing better to do. The company of Sriracha is just trying to make a living just like anyone else here in America. In order for this to be a big deal, more people that are against the factory, should get together then take initiative on case. Until then they should leave the company alone.

  3. We’ll they live near an industrial business. But, then again people complain about everything, unless they can obtain money or something else.

  4. I think a general survey should be but forth and research to getting a greater understanding of the seaniro. If indeed it is a promblem then , there yes this factory must go somewhere other than the city. I don’t care if the owner likes the Government or not!

  5. Honestly this is kind of funny and the four households must understand the majority rules if no one else or at least a mass amount of people aren’t feeling the same their not going to stop their multi-million dollar production.

  6. Don’t those Four people who have made up all the complaints have nothing better to do with their time.

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