According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Bauer's Candies' Modjeskas individually wrapped marshmallow sweets dipped in chocolate or caramel, came in contact with a facility worker who tested positive for the contagious liver disease.
"Although the risk of hepatitis A transmission from the candy is low, FDA recommends that consumers who ate sweets purchased after November 14, 2018 and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A consult with their healthcare professional to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated", the statement said.
Although the risk of hepatitis A transmission from the candy is low, FDA recommends that consumers who ate sweets purchased after November 14, 2018 and have not been vaccinated for hepatitis A consult with their healthcare professional.
"Bauer's voluntarily closed the facility, discarded all candy in house, sanitized per protocol, and began working with Federal and State agencies", the company said in a statement. The president of Bauer's sweets said the company voluntarily discarded all in-house candy, sanitized equipment, and began working with federal and stages agencies after learning about the possible contamination.
The FDA says the transmission of the virus through the candy is low. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation". We are now working with Bauer's sweets, located in Kentucky, on a voluntary recall of affected products.
But today, the firm announced a voluntary recall after a worker tested positive for hepatitis A, a highly contagious infection.
The FDA added that the products could be purchased via QVC and BauersCandy.com.
Hepatitis A is an acute infectious disease of the liver.
Bauer's sweets chocolate or caramel Modjeskas are being recalled for possible hepatitis A contamination, health officials warn. 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.
Bauer's sweets did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for additional comment.
People infected with Hepatitis A may not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days after exposure.
Symptoms include fever, fatigue, dark urine, vomiting, joint pain and jaundice, among other signs. Many cases initially report few or no symptoms, especially among minors, and the period between infection and the appearance of symptoms can take up to six weeks.
It is a virus that causes liver inflammation.
-Peel and wash all fresh fruits and vegetables yourself.
-Don't eat raw or undercooked meat and fish.
-Avoid all beverages of unknown purity, with or without ice.