Chocolates, caramels recalled over possible hepatitis A contamination

Leslie Hanson
January 10, 2019

The issue pertains to Bauer's Candies' famous Modjeskas, which are individually-wrapped marshmallow sweets that have been either dipped in chocolate or caramel.

Chocolates and caramel sweets are linked to a possible Hepatitis A contamination, according to the FDA.

Chocolate and Caramel Modjeskas were sold on QVC, through various retailers, and on the company's website.

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. This posting will be updated with recall and retail information as it becomes available.

The FDA noted that so far, no cases of hepatitis A have been linked to consumption of the sweets.

Risk of infection from consuming the sweets is considered low, but anyone who may have eaten the affected sweets is advised to see their doctor, especially those who haven't been vaccinated against hepatitis A. PEP may be recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to hepatitis A virus (HAV) in the last 2 weeks; those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination do not require PEP.

Any sweets purchased after November 14, 2018, may be contaminated because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A, according to the FDA.

The disease targets the liver and the effects can range from mild to severe.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice, among other signs.

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

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