Chocolates, caramels sold nationwide may be contaminated with Hepatitis A

Maricruz Casares
Enero 10, 2019

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

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

"At this time, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to consumption of these sweets", the recall said.

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While the risk of contracting hepatitis A is low, the FDA advised consumers who purchased the affected sweets to consult a doctor, especially if they are not vaccinated against hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with HAV. Hepatitis A is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter - even in microscopic amounts - from an infected person; this can happen when an infected person prepares food without appropriate hand hygiene, even before that person shows symptoms of illness.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice, among other signs. People that bought the candy after November 14 should throw the product away.

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