The Food Standards Agency (FSA) enforces legislation for animal welfare in slaughterhouses on behalf of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in England, where CCTV legislation applies.
All operating slaughterhouses in England were required to comply with the new CCTV legislation by 5 November 2018.
The following table shows the status of compliance on 1 February 2019:
Number of Slaughterhouses
Not yet fully compliant
7 (includes 3 not currently operating)
Of the seven not yet fully compliant, three are not currently operating due to seasonal operating patterns so compliance status of these slaughterhouses cannot be verified. The remaining four are operating within the deadline specified for their compliance in enforcement documents.
98% of currently operating slaughterhouses in England have fully compliant CCTV in place.
Since 5 November 2018 the FSA has taken enforcement action against all non-compliant slaughterhouse operators. The Agency is following its standard hierarchy of enforcement and is working with slaughterhouse operators to ensure full compliance. To date this enforcement action has included verbal and written advice as well as formal Enforcement Notices with compliance deadlines.