Ireland issues recall for ‘exploding’ Sriracha from California’s Huy Fong Foods

Ireland’s national food safety agency issued a recall of Sriracha hot sauce produced by Irwindale-based Huy Fong Foods because of the sauce “exploding” once bottles are opened.

The recall, issued Nov. 29 by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, applies to 470 milliliter bottles of Tuong Ot Sriracha sauce, which Huy Fong produces, bearing a best before date of Mar. 2021.

“The above batch of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce is being recalled due to the risk of the contents exploding once the bottle is opened,” reads the recall notice. “This poses a risk of hot chili sauce irritating eyes or skin.”

Representatives for Huy Fong did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

A spokeswoman for the authority told the Irish Times the agency was not aware exactly why the sauce was exploding out of bottles but said that the phenomenon “is usually caused by a buildup of gas in the product caused by spoilage or uncontrolled fermentation.”

Huy Fong last made headlines when a jury awarded $23.3 million to the ranch that grew red jalapeño peppers for its Sriracha hot sauce in July.

A Ventura County civil court jury found that Huy Fong broke its contract with Ventura County’s Underwood Ranches and committed fraud by misrepresenting and concealing information.

Huy Fong’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment in July, but told the Ventura County Star the Sriracha maker intends to appeal the verdict.

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