FDA warns of chocolate, caramel sweets potentially contaminated with hepatitis A


The candy was sold at retail stores, through QUV, and on the candy company's 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.

We would like to inform you that although we have required the Hepatitis A vaccination of all employees since October of this year, an employee who tested positive for the virus worked in our facility between the dates of November 16 - 23rd, 2018.

The FDA issued the recalled after a facility worker who tested positive for the contagious liver disease came in contact with the products.

The FDA said they are working with the company on a voluntary recall of the products. It can have serious health consequences for some people, especially those with other health problems.

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Consumers and retailers should throw away any chocolate or caramel Modjeskas purchased after November 14.

Hepatitis A is a virus that attacks the body through liver inflammation. When symptoms occur, they can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

In their statement, the FDA noted that the risk of contamination from the sweets was "low", adding that those infected with the virus may not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days after exposure.

Common symptoms can include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, jaundice, dark urine and pale stool. "Young children may not show symptoms of HAV infection", according to the recall.