It is an important job of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide inspections and alert consumers of potential health risks from food or medicine that is sold for consumption. Due to the partial government shut down, the FDA has reported that the administration will consequently halt crucial inspections at this time. In other words, they will not be checking for contamination in ways of E.coli, salmonella, or listeria. While they are not performing routine inspections, they will still inspect any foreign products and continue to announce recalls provided by individual companies.
In 2018 alone, the FDA issued recalls on many food products made by popular brands for a variety of contamination reasons. Romaine lettuce was recalled in November for E.coli which infected more than 200 people throughout the nation. We also saw recalls for Goldfish crackers, raw beef products, frozen pizzas, pre-cut melons, coconut flour, tortilla chips, eggs, and Honey Smacks.
Already in 2019, we have the latest recall of Bauer’s candies that are manufactured in Kentucky. For this recall, the FDA is advising anyone that has Bauer’s candies that are covered chocolate or caramel to throw them away. It was discovered that a worker that was employed with the company until November 23, 2018 was tested positive for Hepatitis A. It has been recorded that Bauer’s has already thrown out all remaining candies in the factory and followed all sanitation protocols.
The administration also advised that anyone who has consumed the product should consult with a doctor as a precaution. Hepatitis A is a contagious infection that attacks the liver. Symptoms could take up to 50 days to show up after being exposed to the infection. Symptoms can include fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, fever, abdominal pain ,and yellowing of the skin. It can result in a mild illness to a severe illness that lasts for several months.