Some chocolates produced by a Kentucky company and sold nationwide could be contaminated with hepatitis A, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
The agency has issued a public health alert, warning consumers not to eat Bauer’s Candies Modjeskas purchased after Nov. 14 because a worker at the production plant has tested positive for hepatitis A.
The candies — marshmallows dipped in either caramel or chocolate — were sold at a variety of retailers, on the Bauer’s Candies website and on the QVC cable shopping network.
The FDA is encouraging anyone with Modjeskas to throw them out.
The agency says the risk of contracting hepatitis A from the candies is low. There aren't currently any known cases of people becoming ill after consuming Modjeskas.
Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease that is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter from an infected individual. Symptoms, which can last from a few weeks to a few months, include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pale stool, dark urine and yellowing of the skin and eyes.