FDA Recalls Candies Over Hep-A Contamination Risk

The United States Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert, this week, to warn consumers about a potential Hepatitis A contamination among Bauer’s Candies Modjeskas. This confectionary brand is known for individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in either chocolate or caramel.  The warnings advises consumers should not eat the candies and instead to discard any such Bauer’s Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas candies purchased after November 14, 2018.  

The reason for the recall is that a worker at the facility tested positive for hepatitis A. 

These candy products are widely available at several retail locations but also through QVC and, of course, BauersCandy.com.  The FDA recall also comments that the agency is working directly with the candy maker, at its Kentucky headquarters, on the voluntary recall, which will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Hepatitis A is a contagious, communicable disease of the liver.  The condition stems from original infection with the Hepatitis A virus.  Symptoms can be mild to severe and last only a few weeks or as long as several months.  Also, it can take between 15 and 50 days for these symptoms to appear after exposure. These symptoms can include fever and headache, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, dark urine and/or pale stool, and jaundice.

The disease is most commonly spread by ingesting fecal matter—inadvertently, of course, and typically in very small amounts—from an infected person.  This situation can occur when an infected person prepares food without following recommended and appropriate hygiene practices.  

Fortunately, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comment that no cases of Hepatitis A directly related to these candies have been reported so far.  Also, the CDC makes sure to note that Hepatitis A can have a long incubation period, implying that complications related to the infection could still occur. Furthermore, the health consequences related to Hepatitis A can be quite serious for some people, especially those with other health issues and/or a compromised immune system. 

While risk of transmission for Hepatitis A from the candies is quite low, the FDA still recommends that any consumer who may have eaten these candies—purchased after November 14, 2018—and have not already been vaccinated for hepatitis A should consult with their physician or other healthcare professional in order to determine an appropriate course of action.