Bauer's Candies owner emotionally defends company following FDA alert over hepatitis

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Anna Bauer is emotional following a hepatitis A diagnosis involving one of her employees, as the fallout has led to conflicting reports on whether her Lawrenceburg-made product is safe.

"This has been a tremendous blow," Anna Bauer said.

Bauer's family-owned company Bauer's Candies became one of the latest Kentucky businesses affected by the state's ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, after the employee worked from Nov. 16-24 while sick.

The Food and Drug Administration sent an alert Thursday asking for customers to throw out any of its Modjeskas purchased after Nov. 14 because of the hepatitis A case.

Bauer was quick to dispute the FDA's warning, saying the candy being produced now is safe to eat after the existing candy was discarded and the building was sanitized using FDA protocols.

"The dates are the 16th through the 24th. That Thanksgiving week. He started on a Friday and it was that next week," she said. "Everything that's been produced since that date is good. There's no risk of exposure. Everything that was at risk was discarded. If this had to happen, and it's unfortunate that it did, at least it was contained in a very short amount of time."

Now she is asking for the public to continue supporting her company's product.

"This experience for me has not only been emotional because it is my company that is under scrutiny, but it’s emotional for all of my other employees, as well. We’re like a family here. We take this very personally and we hate that our name is in the news like this is," Bauer said. "We’re going to do everything within our power to safeguard from this ever happening to this organization because, not only, I feel like I’ve let customers down, but I’ve let my family down, and we’re going to move forward from it. "

The employee who was diagnosed no longer works at Bauer's Candies. Bauer said customers with questions can contact the company.

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