Friday, 18 January, 2019

Chocolates, caramels sold nationwide may be contaminated with Hepatitis A

Candy recall over possible Hepatitis A contamination FDA warns of possible Hepatitis A contamination of Bauer's Candies' Modjeskas
Melissa Porter | 11 January, 2019, 19:30

The FDA issued a recall for Bauer's Candies, Modjeskis, which are individually wrapped marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel, WTVF reported.

The sweets are individually-wrapped marshmallows dipped in chocolate or caramel.

Certain sweets made by a company in Kentucky could be contaminated with hepatitis A, a highly contagious infection that typically affects the liver, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a recent warning to consumers. 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.

The FDA and CDC are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to consumption of the sweets at this time. The FDA says the transmission of the virus through the candy is low.

The agency recommends that those who have eaten the candies and are not vaccinated for hepatitis A to consult their doctors about whether they need a post-exposure prophylaxis treatment. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation".

The FDA is working with Bauer's sweets on a voluntary recall, the agency added, adding the sweets were primarily sold through QVC and the company's website. "No candy products manufactured after November 25 are affected in any way".

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with HAV.

Symptoms of the virus may not appear for 15 to 50 days after exposure and include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, and pale stool. "Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection", according to the recall.