FDA warns chocolates could be contaminated with hepatitis A

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that certain chocolate candies could be contaminated with hepatitis A.

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Consumers should not eat Bauer's Candies Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel, purchased after Nov. 14, 2018, because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A, the FDA said in a statement. The candy can be bought at retail stores, through the QVC shopping network and at BauersCandy.com.

The FDA is working with Bauer’s Candies on a voluntary recall of the product, the statement said.

At this time, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to consumption of the candy, according to the statement. Hepatitis A can have a long incubation period and can have serious health consequences for some people, especially those with other health problems.

While the risk of infection is low, the FDA recommends that anyone who ate the affected candies and who has not been vaccinated for hepatitis A consult a health care professional.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus, the statement said. Symptoms can take 15 to 50 days to appear, and can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

Hepatitis A symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice, according to the CDC.

More information can be found at the FDA website.