Clarification: This article previously containted misinformation from state health department officials about where the affected products were sold.

Boulder-based Falafel King has conducted a voluntary recall of its Hatch Green Chili Hummus and Hatch Green Chile Wraps because of possible listeria contamination, Colorado health officials announced Monday.

The recall covers 10-ounce containers of Hatch Green Chili Hummus with "sell by" dates of Feb. 14, 2014, to March 16, 2014, and 8.5-ounce Hatch Green Chile Wraps.

The products were distributed to King Soopers, Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers By Vitamin Cottage stores in Colorado, state health department officials said. The products also were distributed to retailers in Nebraska, New Mexico and Utah.

In a recall statement issued Monday, officials for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said the green chile from supplier Bueno Foods of New Mexico had potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

No illnesses have been reported, according to the state health department.

Because the Falafel King products have a 30-day shelf life, the voluntary recall affected 5,000 Hummus products and about 500 wraps, said Amnon Gilady, Falafel King's owner.

"The potential (for contamination) was there and nobody wanted to take the risk," he said.

Falafel King has switched suppliers and now receives its hatch green chile from Vegetable Products, a processed chile company based in Salem, N.M.


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There have been no issues with the Vegetable Products chile, but Falafel King is taking an additional precaution and heating the chile to 165 degrees and flash cooling it to the required temperature for cold packing, Gilady said.

This is the first recall that has affected Falafel King in its 10 years of business, Gilady said.

"It's obviously not something that was created here in our kitchen," he said.

Albuquerque-based Bueno Foods issued a voluntary recall of its frozen green chile product on Feb. 11. Bueno Foods said it took the precautionary measure because a test on the uncooked, non-ready-to-eat chile showed small amounts of listeria, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

When the product is cooked, the chile showed no signs of bacteria, Bueno Foods said.

Symptoms of listeria infection are flu-like and can include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

If these symptoms become present after eating a food that has been recalled, contact a doctor, according to information from the Mayo Clinic.

Contact Camera Business Writer Alicia Wallace at 303-473-1332 or wallacea@dailycamera.com.