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June 19, 2019

Candy recall over possible Hepatitis A contamination

January 10, 2019
Bauer’s Candies’ Modjeskas, individually-wrapped marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel, came in contact with a facility worker who tested positive for hepatitis A. (Handout)

Chocolate and hepatitis A are two terms one never wants to see in the same sentence. Same goes for caramel and marshmallow.

But Bauer’s Candies Inc. of Kentucky was forced to do just that, issuing a voluntary recall on Wednesday of its well-known Modjeskas, described by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as “an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel.”

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The chance of contamination is extremely small, Bauer’s said in a letter to customers from company president Anna Bauer. She explained that although all employees have been required to get hepatitis A vaccines since October 2018, an employee who worked at the facility from November 16 through 23 of last year tested positive for the virus, which causes liver disease.

“Upon notification of his illness, Bauer’s voluntarily closed the facility, discarded all candy in house, sanitized per protocol, and began working with federal and state agencies,” Bauer said. “An investigation by our local health department and the FDA found that the risk of contamination to the candy made during this time is extremely low. These agencies have cleared us to continue operation. No candy products manufactured after November 25 are affected in any way.”

Neither the FDA nor the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have been made aware of any hepatitis A cases stemming from consuming the candies. Nevertheless, the FDA recommended that anyone who ate such candies bought after Nov. 14 and hadn’t been vaccinated for hepatitis A seek out medical advice as a precaution.

“Consumers and retailers should throw away and not consume any chocolate or caramel Modjeskas purchased after November 14, 2018,” the FDA recommended.

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