FDA: Popular chocolate, caramel sweets could be contaminated with hepatitis A

Henrietta Strickland
January 11, 2019

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.

The FDA says Bauer's Candies Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel, might be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

Officials said a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A and all sweets purchased after November 14 should be thrown away and not eaten.

Bauer's, a Kentucky-based company, began a voluntary recall of the candies, known as Modjeskas, amid fears that they may be contaminated, the FDA said in a safety advisory.

Symptoms - which include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dark urine - can take anywhere from two to seven weeks after exposure to appear.

The employee worked at the plant from November 16-November 23rd.

The Food and Drug Administration said two varieties of Bauer's sweets are in question, Bauer's Chocolate and modjeskas, a marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel.

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. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation. No candy products manufactured after November 25 are affected in any way", she added. It is highly contagious and is typically spread through sexual contact, needle sharing, or by consuming food that has been contaminated by someone infected with the virus.

It is a virus that causes liver inflammation.

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