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Baylen Linnekin Calls Out California Regulators' War on Sriracha


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Huy Fong

Last week California health regulators ordered the makers of Sriracha hot sauce to suspend operations for 30 days. The 30-day hold comes despite the fact the product has been on the market for more than three decades and that "no recall has been ordered and no pathogenic bacteria have been found[.]" So what's the issue? The problem, reports the Pasadena Star News, is that Sriracha is a raw food. "Because Sriracha is not cooked, only mashed and blended, Huy Fong needs to make sure its bottles won't harbor dangerous bacteria," writes the Star News. As Baylen Linnekin asks, "aren't three decades of sales sufficient proof of that fact?