Despite CCTV being mandatory in English slaughterhouses, the Food Standards Agency has confirmed that seven per cent of abattoirs still have “no CCTV system in place”.
It also added that an unconfirmed number “were in the process of complying”.
The deadline for operators to have systems up and running was November 5th.
The Food Standards Agency has stated in response;
“Perhaps they’re not fully compliant at this very minute, but [if] they’re showing a plan to install CCTV and become compliant in the future, therefore, there would be no enforcement action needed to be taken right now”.
Scotland for Animals is concerned, but not surprised, by this development.
It is further indication of a situation that we have been drawing attention to for a long time, that when it comes to enforcement the meat industry is calling the shots.
If you’re in England contact your MP and ask them to ensure that the Food Standards Agency demands immediate compliance with the law.
To support mandatory, independently monitored abattoir CCTV in Scotland visit our campaign page.