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FDA warns chocolates could be contaminated with hepatitis A

The Food and Drug Administration is warning that certain chocolate candies could be contaminated with hepatitis A.

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Consumers should not eat Bauer’s Candies Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel, purchased after Nov. 14, 2018, because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A, the FDA said in a statement. The candy can be bought at retail stores, through the QVC shopping network and at BauersCandy.com.

The FDA is working with Bauer’s Candies on a voluntary recall of the product, the statement said.

At this time, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to consumption of the candy, according to the statement. Hepatitis A can have a long incubation period and can have serious health consequences for some people, especially those with other health problems.

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While the risk of infection is low, the FDA recommends that anyone who ate the affected candies and who has not been vaccinated for hepatitis A consult a health care professional.

Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with the Hepatitis A virus, the statement said. Symptoms can take 15 to 50 days to appear, and can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

Hepatitis A symptoms include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea and jaundice, according to the CDC.

More information can be found at the FDA website.

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