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

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Samantha Long | 11 January, 2019, 19:28

The FDA has a warning to consumers who may have purchased select types of Bauer's sweets.

Bauer's says its individually-wrapped marshmallow sweets dipped in chocolate or caramel came in contact with a facility worker who tested positive for the disease.

Concerns surfaced when a worker at the candy manufacturing facility tested positive for hepatitis A. The sweets were sold exclusively online and through QVC. Symptoms can take up to 50 days to appear.

The employee worked at the plant from November 16-November 23rd.

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Officials said a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A and all sweets purchased after November 14 should be thrown away and not eaten. The FDA says the transmission of the virus through the candy is low.

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. While the possibility of transmission from the candy is low, the agency recommends that anyone who ate the sweets after November 14th who haven't been vaccinated speak to their healthcare provider to determine whether they should be given post-exposure prophylaxis. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation". It is highly contagious and is typically spread through sexual contact, needle sharing, or by consuming food that has been contaminated by someone infected with the virus.

Common symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stool.

According to the company, no candy products produced after November 25 were affected. Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection.

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