FDA recalls candy over possible hepatitis A contamination

Posted at 4:19 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 06:14:17-05

The FDA is recalling Bauer's Candies' Modjeskas over a possible hepatitis A contamination.

The candies are individually wrapped marshmallows dipped in chocolate or caramel, according to the FDA website. They're sold at retail locations and online at QVC and The FDA recommends anyone who ate the candy, bought after November 14, 2018, to contact their healthcare provider if they don't have the hepatitis A vaccine.

"At this time, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to consumption of these candies," the recall said. "Hepatitis A can have a long incubation period and can have serious health consequences for some people, especially those with other health problems."

The FDA says the transmission of hepatitis A through the candy is low.

"Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that results from infection with HAV. When symptoms occur, they can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A 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," the recall said.

You can read the full FDA recall here.