Do not eat chocolate or caramel Modjeskas made by Bauer’s Candies purchased from various retail locations, QVC or BauersCandy.com after Nov. 14, 2018, because they may be contaminated with hepatitis A, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned in a Public Health Alert. The alert was issued after a worker at the facility tested positive for the contagious liver disease.
Modjeskas are individually wrapped marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel. They are made by the Kentucky-based specialty candy shop, Bauer’s Candies.
At this time, neither the FDA nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to eating these candies. However, hepatitis A can have a long incubation period and can have serious health consequences, especially for people with other health problems.
The risk of developing hepatitis A from eating the candy is remote. But as a precaution, the FDA is advising anyone who has eaten Bauer’s Candies’ chocolate or caramel Modjeskas after Nov. 14, 2018, who have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A to talk with their doctor to determine if prophylaxis treatment is needed. Post-exposure prophylaxis may be recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to hepatitis A virus in the last two weeks.
Hepatitis A symptoms can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. It 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.
People who are infected with the hepatitis A virus may not present with symptoms for 15 to 50 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stool.
Source: FDA Public Health Alert