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Welfare at slaughter
CCTV uptake in abattoirs ‘may have plateaued’, says FSA

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THE results of a recent survey by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) on the use of CCTV in slaughterhouses in England and Wales suggest that ‘uptake may have plateaued’.

The survey, which took place in May, was the fourth time the FSA had gathered information on CCTV in slaughterhouses. Publishing the results on August 31, the FSA said that all 278 slaughterhouses operating in England and Wales voluntarily took part. Noting that there is no legal requirement for CCTV in slaughterhouses, the agency said that it supported the use of CCTV by business operators as part of their system for monitoring and protecting animal welfare. While CCTV did not replace direct oversight by management, or checks by officials, it could improve their effectiveness.

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