Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
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Chocolates, caramels sold nationwide may be contaminated with Hepatitis A

Chocolates, caramels sold nationwide may be contaminated with Hepatitis A

While the risk of contamination is extremely low, the FDA is recommending that anyone who purchased the sweets after November 14th throw them away rather than consuming them.

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.

There have been no reports of illnesses associated with the sweets at this time. Consumers and retailers have been advised to throw away and not to eat the affected sweets purchased after November 14. "These agencies have cleared us to continue operation".

Although there are no current cases of hepatitis A related to the sweets, the FDA warns that the disease has a long incubation period and can offer serious health consequences for some people.

The FDA said so far it's not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to the sweets. The FDA recommends that anyone who ate sweets purchased after November 14 consult with a healthcare professional. We are now working with Bauer's sweets, located in Kentucky, on a voluntary recall of affected products.

The liver infection is caused by the hepatitis A virus, according to the CDC. Symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes (known as jaundice), dark urine, and pale stool.

Although many who are infected show no symptoms, it can take a few months for the illness to pass.

People infected with hepatitis A might not have symptoms until 15 to 50 days they are exposed, said the FDA in its notice.

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