FDA warns of possible Hepatitis A contamination of Bauer's Candies' Modjeskas

Alicia Farmer
January 10, 2019

While the risk of contamination is extremely low, the FDA is recommending that anyone who purchased the sweets after November 14th throw them away rather than consuming them.

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

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.

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. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation".

Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the body through liver inflammation.

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Bauer's sweets did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for additional comment.

Symptoms - which include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dark urine - can take anywhere from two to seven weeks after exposure to appear. "Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection", according to the recall. The virus typically spreads when a person eats or drinks something "contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person", the health agency explained.

Unlike other types of hepatitis, it doesn't cause long-term liver damage and doesn't become chronic, the Mayo Clinic adds.

-Drink bottled water and use it when brushing your teeth.

-Thoroughly wash your hands often, especially after using the toilet or changing a diaper and before preparing food or eating.

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