Mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses could be extended to cutting plants following the food safety scandal at 2 Sisters.
The Government’s response to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into the matter confirmed Defra and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) would consider the move.
Steve Brine, Minister for Public Health and Primary Care, said: “CCTV footage has been utilised as part the investigation by the FSA and they are considering CCTV monitoring in cutting plants.”
2 Sisters installed CCTV in every part of its West Midlands plant after undercover reporters accused workers of food safety breaches.
But head of policy at the Association of Meat Suppliers Norman Bagley said mandatory CCTV at cutting plants was ‘probably over the top’.
“Who are the people who are going to go to review it? How long do you keep it?” he said.
“It is not necessary and not adding much.
“For me, in cutting plants effective auditing and enforcement is still the way to go.”
A 2 Sisters spokesman said: “We continue to work closely with the FSA and our customers to reassure them that we operate to the highest standards of hygiene and food safety, and that we act with honesty, transparency and integrity at all times.”
The company has also announced it is to increase production at its cooked chicken facility in Derby after it won new business from a major retailer.
136 new staff will be employed to ‘ramp up’ volume and develop new cooked chicken products.