The requirement to have CCTV in all slaughterhouses in England was a pledge the Conservatives made in their most recent manifesto. There will be no restrictions placed on Official Food Standards Agency Vets (OVs) in making a request for sight of the CCTV footage, aimed to reassure consumers that the highest welfare standards are being met.
Under the proposals OVs will be able to enforce welfare notices on slaughterhouses if they find any breaches during their scrutiny of the CCTV and revoke its staff licenses, or refer the slaughterhouse for criminal investigation.
The Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS) supports the voluntary use of CCTV in slaughterhouses by food business operators as part of their system to monitor and protect animal welfare.
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