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Miravalle Foods Inc. Recalls Chile California & Chile Nuevo Mexico Peppers Because of Possible Health Risk


Carmen Debora /626-279-6337


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- July 8, 2010 - Miravalle Foods, Inc. S. El Monte, CA is recalling 37,318 lbs. of "Miravalle Chile California & Miravalle Chile Nuevo Mexico" Brand Peppers" distributed between March 15th and May 6th 2010 to some customers in CA, CO, UT, NC, NE, ID, OR and NV because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

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.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. The potential for contamination was noted after 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 8am and 4pm 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 remains in their inventory or at store locations. A separate notification will be forwarded to all relevant customers that received product between March 15th and May 6th 2010. For additional details, retailers are asked to contact their Miravalle Foods, Inc. customer service representative.



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