FDA recalls Kentucky-made sweets for possible hepatitis A contamination

The Food and Drug Administration said two varieties of Bauer's sweets are in question, Bauer's Chocolate and modjeskas, a marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel.

Customers are urged not to eat any Bauer's Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas, which were purchased after November 14 because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A. Customers who purchased any Bauer's Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas after November 14 should throw the candies away. The FDA recommends that anyone who ate sweets purchased after November 14 consult with a healthcare professional. The president of Bauer's sweets said the company voluntarily discarded all in-house candy, sanitized equipment, and began working with federal and stages agencies after learning about the possible contamination.

"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.

The FDA is warning customers that a candy they purchased from QVC might be contaminated with Hepatitis A.

People with questions or concerns can contact Bauer's sweets at 502-839-3700 or via email at anna@bauerscandy.com.

People infected with hepatitis A might not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days they are exposed, said the FDA in its notice. The virus is most commonly spread by consuming contaminated food or water.

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

Symptoms - which include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dark urine - can take anywhere from two to seven weeks after exposure to appear.

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

Vanessa Coleman

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