Hot sauce CEO David Tran says US no different than Communist Vietnam

by 1389 on May 15, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), California, communism, food and drink, government regulation

Sriracha factory: No tear gas made here
Courtesy of Watchara Phomincinda/San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Huy Fong Foods posted banners defending their Sriracha chili sauce
at their Irwindale, Calif., factory. [source]

David Tran with Jason Villalba
Photo By Leo Jarzomb / San Gabriel Valley Newspapers [source]
Huy Fong Foods CEO David Tran talks with Texas Rep. Jason Villalba
about the making of Sriracha sauce at the plant in Irwindale, Calif.
The Texas delegation included State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio.

Daily Caller has the story:

The maker of a popular hot sauce whose company faces possible government regulation says the U.S. reminds him of communist Vietnam, a country he escaped more than 30 years ago.

“Today, I feel almost the same [as when I left Vietnam],” David Tran, president of Huy Fong Foods, told NPR. “Even now we live in the USA, but my feeling, the government, not a big difference.”

Tran named his company after the Panamanian freighter that brought him and 3,000 other refugees to the U.S. in 1978, according to United Liberty.

Huy Fong’s sriracha hot sauce is a popular condiment, used in many Asian dishes and by restaurants like Applebee’s, Subway and P.F. Changs.

But a strong odor emitted from the company’s factory in Irwindale, Cal. has drawn complaints from a few neighbors who say that it gives them headaches and causes allergic reactions.

A judge forced part of the factory to close last year. And last month Irwindale city officials attempted to declare the Huy Fong factory a public nuisance.

The attempted regulation that Tran says reminds him of communist Vietnam has played right into the hands of outside suitors who come bearing the gift of less government regulation.

As part of a larger effort to attract California companies, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other state politicians have lobbied Huy Fong Foods to relocate to the Lone Star State.
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1 mikeh420 May 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Not mentioned is the fact that the City of Irwindale offered Huy Fong Foods a loan at the beginning, but the company found a loan with a better rate and the city leaders were sore. It was at that time they started harassing the company with these fake complaints (all 4), which the AQMD found unverifiable.

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