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Temporary Truce Called In Sriracha Hot Sauce Battle

Nick Ut / AP File

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Nick Ut / AP File

(AP) -- A cooling-off period has been called in the fight between the makers of a popular hot sauce and the Southern California city that says its air is too spicy to bear.

The Irwindale City Council delayed a decision for two weeks Wednesday night on declaring the Sriracha plant a public nuisance.

About 100 supporters of the hot sauce including owner David Tran rallied outside City Hall before the meeting.

Irwindale's city attorney requested the delay, saying he's in settlement talks with attorneys for Sriracha maker Huy Fong Foods.

Two weeks ago, council members tentatively but unanimously voted the 2-year-old plant was a nuisance.

If the council had finalized its vote Wednesday, Huy Fong would have had 90 days to stop releasing the spicy emanations that neighbors say are burning their eyes and throats.

Meanwhile, Huy Fong Foods has received offers to relocate its $40 million plant to Los Angeles, other California cities, Philadelphia and 11 states, including Texas and Ohio.

On Wednesday, Tran invited interested officials and business leaders to tour the plant.

Irwindale City Attorney Fred Galante says relocating seems extreme and the city only wants to see the smell issue addressed.