Morrisons supermarket is planning to install CCTV cameras in its abattoirs in order to reassure customers and regulators about animal welfare standards. The cameras will be installed in the Colne and Turriff abattoirs of Woodhead Brothers, the meat processing business which is wholly-owned by the supermarket chain.
Cameras have already been installed at Morrisons' meat processing site at Spalding, Lincolnshire. The retail giant is attempting to ensure transparency about welfare standards and to improve management efficiency.
Martyn Fletcher, Morrisons' group manufacturing director, said customers wanted to know animals were treated well during the slaughtering process.
“We believe installing CCTV cameras is the best way to demonstrate that we have the highest possible standards,” he said.
Footage from the CCTV cameras will be stored for 30 days and made available to the Food Standards Agency.