The FDA is encouraging consumers not to eat the individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel purchased after November 14 because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A.
Bauer's Candies' modjeskas - marshmallow dipped in chocolate or caramel - are a delicacy of Kentucky, sold across the US. 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.
The agency recommends that those who have eaten the candies and are not vaccinated for hepatitis A to consult their doctors about whether they need a post-exposure prophylaxis treatment. Bauer's sweets, based in Kentucky, is available at retail locations as well as QVC and their website.
Those who've been vaccinated against hepatitis A do not require PEP, the FDA said.
Symptoms - which include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dark urine - can take anywhere from two to seven weeks after exposure to appear.
The firm said the employee tested positive for the virus had worked at the facility from November 16 to November 23, said Anna Bauer, president of Bauer's sweets, in a statement.
According to the company, no candy products produced after November 25 were affected. Young children, however, may not show symptoms. The virus is most commonly spread by consuming contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A can cause liver failure and even death, typically in those who are 50 years of age or older, though that's rare. "Some people with acute liver failure may need a liver transplant", says the Mayo Clinic.
-Thoroughly wash your hands often, especially after using the toilet or changing a diaper and before preparing food or eating.