Candy Sold on QVC Might Be Contaminated With Hepatitis A, FDA Warns

Leslie Hanson
January 11, 2019

"We are advising consumers not to eat and to throw away any Bauer's Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas, purchased after November 14, 2018 because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A", the release said.

Bauer's sweets chocolate or caramel Modjeskas are being recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination, health officials warn.

Consumers and retailers should throw away any chocolate or caramel Modjeskas purchased after November 14.

At this time, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to the consumption of the sweets.

The FDA says the transmission of the virus through the candy is low.

The agency recommends that those who have eaten the candies and are not vaccinated for hepatitis A to consult their doctors about whether they need a post-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

The firm said the employee tested positive for the virus had worked at the facility from November 16 to November 23, said Anna Bauer, president of Bauer's sweets, in a statement. We are now working with Bauer's sweets, located in Kentucky, on a voluntary recall of affected products.

Hepatitis A is an acute infectious disease of the liver. When symptoms occur, they can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

It can spread by eating food handled by someone with the virus who hasn't thoroughly washed their hands after using the toilet, drinking contaminated water, eating raw shellfish from polluted water, being in close contact with a person who was infected, or having intercourse with someone who has the virus.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice, among other signs. Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and even death, typically in those who are 50 years of age or older, though that's rare.

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