FDA warns customers 'not to eat' Kentucky-made Bauer's Candies' Modjeskas
The FDA is now warning consumers to throw away and not eat Bauer's Candies' Modjeskas that were made in Anderson County.
This warning applies to any of the product purchased after Nov. 14, according to the FDA.
The alert comes after one of Bauer's employees was diagnosed with a case of hepatitis A.
People who purchased candy while the employee worked there are at a very low risk of becoming infected. The local health department didn't advise for consumers to throw out any of the company's product.
The store's owner contacted WKYT and said she was under the impression that the FDA's warning only applied to candies produced from Nov. 16-23. This is contradictory to what was stated in the FDA's earlier release.
Bauer said the employee in question had only worked for the company for one week before the incident.
"Once notified that the employee was ill, Bauer’s voluntarily shut down, discarded any candy that was left and sanitized the building using FDA Protocol," said Anna Bauer, owner of Bauer Candies. "I have already been reaching out to customers that received candy during that time and will continue to do so with instructions on replacement of candy or credits."
At this time, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not aware of any cases of hepatitis A related to consumption of these candies.
No additional cases of hepatitis A are being reported.
The best practices to avoid getting hepatitis A are to get vaccinated and exercise proper handwashing practices.
Health experts say symptoms of hepatitis A are fatigue, decreased appetite, stomach pain, nausea, darkened urine, pale stools and jaundice. People can become ill 15-50 days after being exposed to the virus. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention.