Slaughterhouses: Closed Circuit Television

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many slaughterhouses have (a) complied and (b) not complied with the order to install CCTV; and what steps the Food Standards Agency has taken against those who have failed to comply with that order.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

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)

Total slaughterhouses


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.

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