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Northern Mexico drought imperils future of iconic Thai-style Sriracha hot sauce

Mexicans know and love their salsas. For a foreign-made chili sauce to impress a Mexican, it has to be quite extraordinary. “

pg8aIn my opinion,” says Guadalajara genetics researcher  Bertha Ibarra, “Sriracha sauce is exactly that: a salsa picante with a special taste all its own. I love it!”

So do thousands of others around the world, but hardship is now on the horizon for Sriracha lovers because the Thai-Vietnamese hot sauce—made in California—is now in short supply and could soon vanish altogether due to a serious problem of drought in northern Mexico.

According to a report on National Public Radio, Huy Fong Foods, the company that produces Sriracha chili sauce, sent a letter to its wholesale customers last April regretfully stating that they will have to stop making Sriracha for a few months.

“Due to weather conditions affecting the quality of chili peppers, we now face a more severe shortage of chili,” says the letter. “Unfortunately, this is out of our control, and without this essential ingredient we are unable to produce any of our products.”

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