Popular candies have been recalled nationwide over fears of hepatitis A contamination.
Bauer’s Candies’ modjeskas – marshmallow dipped in chocolate or caramel – are a delicacy of Kentucky, sold across the US.
But today, the firm announced a voluntary recall after a worker tested positive for hepatitis A, a highly contagious infection.
The FDA is ‘advising consumers not to eat and to throw away any Bauer’s Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas, purchased after November 14, 2018 because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A,’ the FDA said.
There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the candies at this time.
Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the body through liver inflammation. 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.
Those who are at risk of developing hepatitis A include drug users, men who have sex with men and homeless individuals.
Symptoms – which include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dark urine – can take anywhere from two to seven weeks after exposure to appear.
Although many who are infected show no symptoms, it can take a few months for the illness to pass.