FDA warns of possible chocolate, caramel candy hepatitis A contamination

  • FDA warns of possible chocolate, caramel candy hepatitis A contamination

FDA warns of possible chocolate, caramel candy hepatitis A contamination

The warning tells consumers not to eat Bauer's Candies, Modjeskis, which are individually wrapped marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel. A facility worker where the candy is made recently tested positive for Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease.

Officials recommend those who ate the sweets purchased after November 14 consult with their healthcare provider to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated, even though the risk of hepatitis A transmission from the candy is low. The president of Bauer's sweets said the company voluntarily discarded all in-house candy, sanitized equipment, and began working with federal and stages agencies after learning about the possible contamination.

The FDA has been working with the 130-year-old candymaker on a voluntary recall after a worker at the Bauer's facility in Kentucky tested positive for hepatitis A.

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. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation".

Although many who are infected show no symptoms, it can take a few months for the illness to pass.

Hepatitis A can cause the infected person to be sick for "several weeks", the CDC said. The virus typically spreads when a person eats or drinks something "contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person", the health agency explained. "Some people with acute liver failure may need a liver transplant", says the Mayo Clinic.

-Avoid all beverages of unknown purity, with or without ice.

-Thoroughly wash your hands often, especially after using the toilet or changing a diaper and before preparing food or eating.