ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque-based Bueno foods issued the voluntary recall on all its frozen green chile products after a test on its uncooked product turned up small amounts of listeria.
Bueno Foods made the announcement Tuesday, saying the raw, non-cooked chile may contain a low level of a common bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes. When cooked, however, the chile product showed no sign of the bacteria, according to the news release. Bueno Foods says people should always cook their chile to 165 degrees.
A company spokesperson tells KRQE News 13 Bueno first learned of the Listeria finding in January, but didn’t issue the recall until now because further testing by the company turned up negative.
Jackie Baca, president of Bueno Foods, released the following statement: “Bueno is taking this action because we are committed to providing a safe food supply to our customers. We pride ourselves as having some of the highest health and safety standards in the industry and are taking this action as a precaution.”
Most of the symptoms of Listeria are flu-like, but can be deadly for the elderly, pregnant women or adults with weak immune systems. Bueno says o far, no illnesses linked to the chile have been reported.
Bueno Foods has not commented yet on how the listeria got in their green chile, but the company doesn’t believe the Listeria came from its plant. Listeria usually comes from animal fecal matter that gets into the soil or water supply.
According to Baca, Bueno Foods has been in business 62 years.
The company expects to have the recalled products back in stores within two weeks.