The Food and Drug Administration wants to warn consumers about the possible contamination of hepatitis A with chocolate candies.
The FDA says you should throw away any Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas from Bauer's purchased after November 14, 2018 because a worker in a facility tested positive for hepatitis A.
Chocolates were available in stores and could also be purchased through OVC and BauersCandy.com.
Bauer & # 39; s Candies is located in Kentucky.
The FDA issued the following declaration :
"At present, the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not aware of cases of hepatitis A related Consumption of these candies Hepatitis A can have a long incubation period and can have serious consequences for the health of some people, especially those with other health problems. Even if the risk of transmission of & # 39; hepatitis A is low in candies, the FDA recommends consumers who eat candies purchased after November 1
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with HAV. When symptoms occur, they can vary in severity from a mild illness of several weeks to a serious illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person ingests faecal matter – even in microscopic quantities – from an infected person; this can happen when an infected person prepares food without proper hand hygiene, even before that person shows symptoms of illness.
People infected with HAV may have no symptoms up to 15 to 50 days after exposure. Symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes (known as jaundice), dark urine and light stools. Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection.
The FDA recommends that anyone who has eaten Bauer's Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas purchased after November 14, 2018, consult with their physician to determine if the PEP is indicated. Consumers and retailers should throw away and not consume any chocolate or caramel Modjeska purchased after November 14, 2018. "