Who monitors abattoirs/slaughterhouses/processing plants to make sure animals are slaughtered humanely?
A 4. The Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) is responsible for ensuring legislative compliance with animal health and welfare controls in licenced fresh meat premises within Great Britain. The MHS is an executive agency of the Food Standards Agency and employs Official Veterinarians (OVs) and Meat Inspectors to ensure slaughterhouse compliance with meat hygiene, animal welfare and other statutory rules. OVs take preventative and corrective actions to ensure compliance, these may include verbal or written non-compliance notices and warnings and, when necessary, recommendations for prosecution. If OVs witness animals arriving at a slaughterhouse showing evidence of poor welfare arising on farm or during transport, they will report the incident to the appropriate enforcement body which will take the necessary investigative action. Major retailers usually require their suppliers to comply with detailed welfare standards specified by the retailers themselves, and employ independent auditors to ensu