Important news for abattoirs –
CCTV to be a legal requirement for all slaughterhouses
From spring 2018 it will be compulsory for all abattoirs in the UK to have CCTV systems.
The UK Government has made these changes to protect slaughterhouses, by making their processes accountable, and ensure the welfare of animals.
Although there will be an ‘adjustment period’ to install systems, abattoirs will be required to install CCTV systems within six months of the legislation in early 2018.
The abattoir legislation will enable businesses to protect themselves and their reputations from staff who may be mis-handling animals and from contamination of the production line – slaughterhouse CCTV will allow the monitoring and tracking of incidents and problems.
In response to these changes, The Bloomfield Group is offering a free CCTV system consultation to all abattoirs and slaughterhouses in the UK. Simply complete the form below to book a free survey, or call the team on 0844 984 9645.
Abattoir CCTV legislation FAQs
I manage an abattoir. What do I need to do?
You will need to make sure that:
• There is CCTV in all areas of the slaughterhouse where live animals are present,
• Official vets have unrestricted access to CCTV recordings,
• Recordings must be retained for 90 days.
When does this need to happen?
• Legislation will be in place by early 2018,
• There will be a six month ‘adjustment period’ in which to meet the standards.
What will happen if the slaughterhouse or abattoir does not comply?
• Slaughterhouses can be given a welfare enforcement notice,
• Have its staff’s licences suspended or revoked,
• Be referred for a criminal investigation.
More about the legislation requiring CCTV for abattoirs, monitoring and compliance
Under the new plans for CCTV, footage would be accessible to the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Official Veterinarians (OVs), who monitor and enforce animal welfare standards in the slaughterhouse. The FSA has strict processes in place for the approval of slaughterhouses, and specially trained vets carry out checks to make sure the welfare of animals is protected throughout their time in the slaughterhouse. The CCTV systems will be required to assist these checks.
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