It was supposed to be a great day for the eggs industry.
But it turns out, a small factory in Iowa is now under investigation for potentially unsafe food handling practices.
A report released Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the Iowa-based Packaging Industry Institute was shuttered in August after inspectors found the plant was operating without the required food-handling equipment.
The inspection found that some of the factory’s equipment was out of date and the facility was not equipped to safely process eggs.
The FDA says the facility “had no working machinery, and no employees” were in the facility when the inspection was conducted.
The FDA also says the plant’s inspection staff was not trained in food-safety procedures.
According to the FDA, the company was shut for more than a year and “did not report any significant problems.”
The FDA is investigating the incident.
The company was founded in 1978 by a small group of American farmers, and it has become a leader in the egg industry, which employs about 13,000 people in the United States.