Chocolate, caramel candies may be contaminated with hepatitis A, FDA warns

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A facility worker where the candy is made recently tested positive for Hepatitis A, a contagious liver disease.

The FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agencies are not aware of any hepatitis A cases related to the consumption of these sweets, according to the release.

The administration also advised that anyone who has consumed the product should consult with a doctor as a precaution. The FDA says the transmission of the virus through the candy is low.

Officials recommend those who ate the sweets purchased after November 14 consult with their healthcare provider to determine whether post exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated, even though the risk of hepatitis A transmission from the candy is low.

USA Today reports that the employee that tested positive for the virus worked at the company until November 23. These agencies have cleared us to continue operation.

While the FDA said the chance of contracting hepatitis A from eating the candy is low, it recommended consumers who ate sweets purchased after November 14 and haven't been vaccinated for the disease consult with their doctor.

Already in 2019, we have the latest recall of Bauer's sweets that are manufactured in Kentucky. Most infected children less than 6 years old are asymptomatic but most adults experience symptoms of infection, which can range in severity from a mild illness that lasts a few weeks to a more severe illness that can last for several months.

Meanwhile, hepatitis A is generally spread when a "person ingests fecal matter-even in microscopic amounts-from an infected person", said the regulator. Symptoms can include fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, fever, abdominal pain, and yellowing of the skin.

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