“Stop making Sriracha,” the Huy Fong Foods factory in Irwindile, Calif. was told by the town earlier this fall. Fumes from the hot sauce factory were irritating residents of the city. Food lovers went a little crazy on social media. I was aware all this was going on, but not being a Sriracha user, I didn’t pay much attention.

Until… It was right about that time that my oldest son came home from a friend’s house and asked if I could buy the hot sauce that had the rooster on it. I searched online for “hot sauce” and “rooster” and found out that the sauce he was asking for was the one with an unsure availability. The market shelf had only a few bottles left on it, so I bought the largest bottle I could.

A couple days later it seemed as if I wouldn’t have to worry about not being able to get my son’s latest food discovery when a judge told the Huy Fong Foods factory it could continue making the hot sauce until a hearing could be held. By the time that hearing was held in late November, the plant had finished processing all of the irritating causing chili peppers for the year and seemed out of the woods for production for at least the next year.

But now, hot sauce lovers are at risk of being without their Sriracha once again. This time, the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines on Huy Fong Foods. The company now has to hold shipping Sriracha and it’s two other products for 30 days.

CBS reports that the hold time is “necessary to ensure an effective treatment of micro-organisms present in the [Huy Fong Foods] product. Holding products for a period of time at a specified pH level is one method of controlling those micro-organisms.”

Of course, I went to the Twitter, the place where people put their hopes and fears out to the world, to see what public reaction to this is.

From people threatening to steal the hot sauce from restaurants

to the requisite apocalypse reference
to the frantic hoarding comments
to the people who claim to be above Sriracha because they know of better products
the tweets are exactly what we now come to expect any time a favorite food becomes news (see Frozen McRib or Bacon Shortage) .

Just remember, it’s only 30 days folks. It’s not the end of the world. There are other hot sauces. And, if you already have a bottle of the stuff, you can ration it. A little goes a long way.

Everything is going to be all right.

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