Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Chocolates, caramels recalled over possible hepatitis A contamination

Chocolates, caramels recalled over possible hepatitis A contamination

"An investigation by our local health department and the FDA found that the risk of contamination to the candy made during this time is extremely low", read the statement on the Bauer's sweets website.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning to consumers about certain sweets made in Kentucky that could be contaminated with hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver disease, the New York Post reported.

The sweets are individually wrapped marshmallows dipped in chocolate or caramel, according to the FDA website.

The FDA said so far it's not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to the sweets. We are now working with Bauer's sweets, located in Kentucky, on a voluntary recall of affected products.

Risk of infection from consuming the sweets is considered low, but anyone who may have eaten the affected sweets is advised to see their doctor, especially those who haven't been vaccinated against hepatitis A. "PEP may be recommended for unvaccinated people who have been exposed to hepatitis A virus (HAV) in the last 2 weeks; those with evidence of previous hepatitis A vaccination do not require PEP", the FDA wrote.

The liver infection is caused by the hepatitis A virus, according to the CDC.

Although many who are infected show no symptoms, it can take a few months for the illness to pass.

The FDA advised that customers who bought the sweets should throw them away.

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

People infected with HAV may not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days after exposure. People that bought the candy after November 14 should throw the product away.

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