The eggs were sold loose to Waffle House and other restaurants, the Herald reported.
During inspections from March 26 to April 11, inspectors saw Rodents in a chicken house and workers touching their hair, faces and "intergluteal cleft" (butt crack), according to a Food and Drug Administration report released on Thursday.
A worker was seen using a steel wool scrubber to remove debris from egg buffers in service.
The scrubber was stored on a cart in a dustpan that had a pool of water and egg mix “with floating food debris and grime,” the report said.
On March 27, inspectors saw at least 23 rodents in five buildings on the farm, including 10 adult and baby mice in a pit area.
“Until then, we would urge everyone to wait until all the facts are presented before rushing to judgment,” spokesman Gene Grabowski told the network.
“It's unfair to be judged on the farm's operation without proper perspective or a chance to formally respond to an incomplete representation of a massive facility that houses more than 3 million hens," Grabowski told CNN.
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