California’s Miravalle Foods Inc. has recalled 37,318 lbs. of its “Miravalle Chile California & Miravalle Chile Nuevo Mexico” brand chili peppers for possible Salmonella contamination.

Miravalle Foods, based in South El Monte, said the possibly contaminated peppers were distributed in eight states between March 15 and May 6, 2010.  

States where the peppers were sold included: California, Colorado, Utah, North Carolina, Nebraska, Idaho, Oregon, and Nevada.

No illnesses have been associated with the recall.

The recalled peppers distributed to a small group of customers through direct delivery, distributors, and retail stores are in 3oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-00301 & 7 12810-00304), 6 oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-60001 & 7 1280-60004), 8oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-00802 & 7 12810-00803) and 16 oz. (UPC Code: 7 12810-16005 & 7 12810-16007) clear plastic packages under the “Miravalle Chile California & Miravalle Chile Nuevo Mexico” Brand and in bulk 25lb. boxes.

Lab analysis of a random sample of the affected product conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed the presence of Salmonella.

Production of the product has been suspended while the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased any of the affected Peppers are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-626-575-7551 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PST.

All retailers who receive this product are asked to reconfirm with their distribution centers and all individual stores to ensure that none of the affected Peppers remain in their inventory or at store locations.

A separate notification will be forwarded to all relevant customers that received product between March 15 and May 6 2010. For additional details, retailers are asked to contact their Miravalle Foods, Inc. customer service representative.