Sriracha Sauce Causes Stink in California Town… And Other News

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Spicy Sriracha fumes cause terrible side effects? That’s what residents of Irwindale, California say.

The community of Irwindale sued Huy Fong Foods, the makers of Sriracha hot sauce, on Monday, claiming the spicy scent of ground peppers is a public nuisance in violation of the municipal code. While many people have been fouling the air for years with the help of Sriracha laced food, Irwindale residents have had it with the factory, complaining of burning eyes and throats. Huy Fong officials don’t understand what the fuss is about. David Tran, chief executive and founder, says the Sriracha sauce chilies are pungent for a reason — it makes for a better sauce: “If it doesn’t smell, we can’t sell!” LA Times

SpicesIf you’re thinking of spicing up your meals with ordinary spices in lieu of the potential Sriracha hot sauce shortage, think again. In a comprehensive report on the safety of spice imports, the FDA reported that twelve percent of spices imported to the U.S. are tainted with insects, rodent hairs, salmonella, and “other things.” The FDA findings spices from Mexico and India were especially likely to be contaminated with insect parts and salmonella. Insects enjoy hanging out at warehouses so contamination is most likely a processing and storage problem – not as a result from poor harvesting practices. Who wants Indian food for dinner? New York Times

flying-cat-baseballAfter a 95 year “at home” losing streak, the Boston Red Sox won the World Series. Even though its their third championship win in a decade, it was the first time in almost a century that they won it at Fenway in front of their own fans. The last time they won the Series at Fenway was soooo long ago that their pitcher was Babe Ruth. Anyways, the Red Sox crushed the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 score and everyone had a great time drinking beer and eating peanuts blah blah blah sports. USA Today

smoking_kids_35New York has voted to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. Wait, could 18 year-olds even afford cigarettes in New York City? Maybe the rich kid ones. The federal minimum age for smoking in the US is 18 but a few states have raised the limit to 19 and a couple towns have pushed it up to 21. But New York is by far the most populous city to impose such a limit – and not just because it’s the most populous city in the States. In fact, New York hates smoking so much that the new age limit even includes electronic cigarettes. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who obviously supported the bill, has 30 days to sign it into law – which he will FOR SURE do. After that, it’ll take about 180 days to come into effect. BBC News

Chem WeaponsTo make up for failing to visit all the chemical weapons sites in time for the first deadline, the weapons inspectors have allegedly destroyed all of Syria’s declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it had inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across the country. The two missing sites were apparently in dangerous war zones but their chemical equipment have already been moved to other sites which experts had visited. Sounds sketchy… So now Syria can’t make any more, but the international chemical weapons watchdog still must see to it that existing stockpiles are destroyed. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashir al-Assad continues to deny that his government was behind any chemical attacks. CBC News

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