Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Meat Processing Plants

Matt Carthy (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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653. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department has considered the mandatory installation of CCTV in meat processing plants with a view to ensuring animal health and welfare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44528/20]

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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All slaughter plants, whose meat is destined for human consumption, must meet the requirements set out in detailed EU regulations relating to food safety and animal health and welfare. Installation of CCTV at slaughter establishments is not a mandatory regulatory requirement.

My Department has a permanent veterinary presence in each of the slaughter plants under its supervision and Department staff carry out regular checks as part of official regulatory controls. My Department continues to keep the issue regarding CCTV at slaughter plants under review.

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