FDA warns of possible Hepatitis A contamination of Bauer's Candies' Modjeskas
11 January, 2019, 19:27
Bauer's Candies' modjeskas - marshmallow dipped in chocolate or caramel - are a delicacy of Kentucky, sold across the US.
The sweets are individually wrapped marshmallows dipped in chocolate or caramel, according to the FDA website.
But today, the firm announced a voluntary recall after a worker tested positive for hepatitis A, a highly contagious infection.
Treats sold by a candy company are being recalled because of a possible Hepatitis A contamination.
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. Symptoms can take up to 50 days to appear.
An employee at the facility tested positive for Hepatitis A.
The employee worked at the plant from November 16-November 23rd.
"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.
The FDA is recommending that anyone who ate Bauer's Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas to consult with their healthcare provider to determine whether PEP is indicated.
Now the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A that have occurred due to eating these sweets. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation".
Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice, among other signs. We are now working with Bauer's sweets, located in Kentucky, on a voluntary recall of affected products. "Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection", according to the recall.
It is a virus that causes liver inflammation. The virus is most commonly spread by consuming contaminated food or water.