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Sriracha shortage? Maker says CA holding up shipments

The maker of Sriracha hot chili sauce says it can't ship more of the sauce until mid-January because of California health department rules.
The maker of Sriracha hot chili sauce says it can't ship more of the sauce until mid-January because of California health department rules. LUCY NICHOLSON

LOS ANGELES — The Southern California-based maker of Sriracha says it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauces to food distributors until next month because the state Department of Public Health is now enforcing stricter guidelines. 

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that Huy Fong Foods says the regulations require the sauces be held for 35 days before they are shipped. 

Suppliers are already worried about the effect on their businesses because they won't be able to restock until mid-January.

The action is the company's second setback in recent weeks. It's being sued by the Los Angeles suburb of Irwindale for filling its air with eye-burning odors from its pepper-grinding sauce operation. 

Last month, a judge ordered Huy Fong to stop producing the odors until air-quality experts can determine how to mitigate them. 

Pepper grinding operations at the plant have concluded until next year.