Bauer’s Chocolate, Caramel Candies May Be Contaminated With Hepatitis A, Officials Warn

Candy recall over possible Hepatitis A contamination

Candy recall over possible Hepatitis A contamination

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

Although there are no current cases of hepatitis A related to the sweets, the FDA warns that the disease has a long incubation period and can offer serious health consequences for some people.

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.

Officials are working with the Kentucky based company on a voluntary recall of affected products.

Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice, among other signs.

People infected with Hepatitis A may not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days after exposure.

In a statement, the President of Bauer's sweets said that it voluntarily closed its facility and "discarded all candy in house, sanitized per protocol, and began working with Federal and State agencies" when it learned of the employee's illness.

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. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation". The FDA recommends that anyone who ate sweets purchased after November 14 consult with a healthcare professional.

According to the company, no candy products produced after November 25 were affected. Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection. 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. But it can, in rare cases, cause a loss of liver function, namely in older adults or people with preexisting liver diseases. "Some people with acute liver failure may need a liver transplant", says the Mayo Clinic.

-Don't eat raw or undercooked meat and fish.

-If bottled water isn't available, boil tap water before drinking it.