FDA recalls candy due to possible hepatitis A contamination

FDA recalls candy due to possible hepatitis A contamination

FDA recalls candy due to possible hepatitis A contamination

Chocolates and caramel sweets are linked to a possible Hepatitis A contamination, according to the FDA.

The FDA is alerting consumers to possible hepatitis A contamination of Bauer's Candies Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel.

The FDA says a worker at the Bauer's sweets facility in Kentucky tested positive for hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus. The FDA recommends that anyone who ate sweets purchased after November 14 consult with a healthcare professional.

The FDA said it is working with the company on a voluntary recall of the sweets and will release details as they become available.

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In their statement, the FDA noted that the risk of contamination from the sweets was "low", adding that those infected with the virus may not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days after exposure.

We would like to inform you that although we have required the Hepatitis A vaccination of all employees since October of this year, an employee who tested positive for the virus worked in our facility between the dates of November 16 - 23rd, 2018.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice, among other signs.

"An investigation by our local health department and the FDA found that the risk of contamination to the candy made during this time is extremely low".

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Candy produced after November 25 was not affected. Many cases initially report few or no symptoms, especially among minors, and the period between infection and the appearance of symptoms can take up to six weeks.

The Mayo Clinic says hepatitis A can be spread through a variety of ways.

"Acute liver failure requires a stay in the hospital for monitoring and treatment".

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