Proposed compulsory CCTV in slaughterhouses

14 August 2017

After a government petition that has received over 112,000 signatures the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has proposed a series of measures designed to strengthen animal welfare standards. Most significantly a consultation into the use of CCTV in slaughterhouses has begun for eight weeks from Friday 11 August.

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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