Worker at Kentucky candy company tests positive for hepatitis A

FDA: Throw products away
Worker at Kentucky candy company tests positive for hepatitis A
Posted at 2:43 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 14:43:55-05

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about another hepatitis A scare in Kentucky.

The agency is warning the public not to eat and to throw away Bauer’s Candies chocolate or caramel modjeskas bought after Nov. 14. Modjeskas are individually wrapped marshmallow candies dipped in chocolate or caramel.

A worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A, the FDA said. The products are sold in stores, on QVC and on the company’s website.

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Bauer’s Candies is located in Lawrenceburg, about halfway between Louisville and Lexington.

The FDA refers to its warning as a safety alert and says a recall is pending. The health agency says anyone who ate the candies and hasn’t been vaccinated for hepatitis A should consult with their doctor. There are no reported cases of the disease from Bauer’s Candies products; however, hepatitis A can have a long incubation period. People infected may not experience symptoms for 15 to 50 days after exposure.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Dark urine

According to the FDA, hepatitis A is commonly spread when when a person ingests fecal matter from an infected person. Proper hand washing is a key component of stopping the spread of hep A. More information about the safety alert is available on the FDA’s website.