An Alberta meat-processing plant at the centre of Canada's largest beef recall was ordered to address serious problems six times in the months leading up to an E. coli outbreak last summer, documents obtained by CBC News show.
The issues identified by Canadian Food Inspection Agency inspectors at the Brooks plant, known as Establishment 38, included:
- Failure to sanitize cutting tools and workspaces.
- Improper labelling.
- Mixing of edible and inedible parts of carcasses.
- Lapses in building maintenance that saw condensation from pipes dripping onto carcasses.