Marks & Spencer pledges CCTVs in abattoirs

Marks & Spencer has said it is committed to plans to install CCTV in all of its slaughterhouses.

The company said it will be re-issuing its codes of practice to reflect its commitment, but will wait until the RSPCA has published new welfare standards next year to ensure a joined-up approach.

An M&S spokesperson said: “We will be re-issuing our codes of practice with the requirement for the installation of CCTV and the independent monitoring of footage, ensuring our welfare requirements are met and maintained at the time of slaughter. We shall base our requirements for CCTV footage recording and monitoring on the requirements of the RSPCA Welfare Standards, once published.”

If M&S does roll out CCTV in its abattoirs, it will be the second major food retailer to announce plans to install cameras. In November, Morrisons said it would equip CCTV cameras in all its abattoirs to “provide assurance to customers and regulators about the welfare of animals”.

The move has been welcomed by vegan charity Animal Aid. Both the Food Standards Agency and the RSPCA have also said they support a policy of installing CCTV in slaughterhouses.

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