Chocolates, candy pulled from shelves due to possible Hepatitis A contamination

Grant Boone
January 11, 2019

The sweets are individually wrapped marshmallows dipped in chocolate or caramel, according to the FDA website.

The Food and Drug Administration has urged consumers who ate chocolate or caramel-dipped marshmallow candies made by United States candy maker Bauer's Candies to consult their healthcare provider after it became known that some of the sweets may have come into contact with a worker who tested positive for Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease.

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.

Bauer's Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas purchased after November 14 should not be eaten, the FDA said.

The agency said it is not aware of any cases of hepatitis A linked to the sweets.

"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", the statement read. While the possibility of transmission from the candy is low, the agency recommends that anyone who ate the sweets after November 14th who haven't been vaccinated speak to their healthcare provider to determine whether they should be given post-exposure prophylaxis.

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According to the company, no candy products produced after November 25 were affected.

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

The liver infection is caused by the hepatitis A virus, according to the CDC.

It adds: "When symptoms occur, they can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months".

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

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