The meat plant at the centre of a massive E. coli outbreak was warned multiple times about sanitation and contamination problems.

Six of those warnings came many months before the CFIA order XL Foods in Brooks to shut down in September.

The CFIA inspectors found a long list of problems, including carcasses touching equipment, products improperly labeled, and tools and knives weren’t properly sanitized.

The CFIA says all the issues were addressed and followed up in a timely manner, and these kinds of warnings are not unusual in a plant of this size.