Hit & Run

Steven Greenhut on Sriracha-geddon and California's Business Climate

Perhaps Huy Fong officials will seek out locations that don't subject them to lawsuits and costly production stoppages.

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Sriracha sauce
Huy Fong Inc.

The Internet is abuzz with cracks about the "Sriracha apocalypse," as foodies prepare to survive without the popular hot sauce after state health officials directed Sriracha's maker to halt production for 30 days. But this is no laughing matter to the owners, employees, distributors, and suppliers who depend on the business. The dispute has become a nationwide story. It's the latest example, writes Steven Greenhut, of the way California governments treat entrepreneurs.