FDA warns of possible chocolate, caramel candy hepatitis A contamination

Henrietta Strickland
January 10, 2019

Bauer's Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas - marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel, the FDA said - are subject to the warning.

While the risk of contamination is extremely low, the FDA is recommending that anyone who purchased the sweets after November 14th throw them away rather than consuming them.

Bauer's sweets released a statement on their website regarding the FDA alert, explaining that a worker in their facility tested positive for hepatitis A. The company has since closed the facility and discarded all of the candy inside.

Treats sold by a candy company are being recalled because of a possible Hepatitis A contamination. This posting will be updated with recall and retail information as it becomes available.

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agencies are not aware of any hepatitis A cases related to the consumption of these sweets, according to the release.

While the risk of contracting hepatitis A is low, the FDA advised consumers who purchased the affected sweets to consult a doctor, especially if they are not vaccinated against hepatitis A. The FDA recommends anyone who ate the candy, bought after November 14, 2018, to contact their healthcare provider if they don't have the hepatitis A vaccine.

Common symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stool.

People infected with HAV may not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days after exposure.

If you have a sweet tooth for chocolate and caramel, you may want to be on the lookout.

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