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The FSA has admitted the use of CCTV in slaughterhouses has “plateaued” as fresh concerns emerge over the welfare of animals in British abattoirs.

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism this week published FSA data released following an FOI request that revealed 4,000 “severe” breaches of animal welfare regulations over the past two years.

Animal welfare groups claim mandatory CCTV is crucial to stop abuse, and the FSA admitted this week that voluntary uptake of the technology “may have plateaued”.

Its latest survey on CCTV in abattoirs found 49.3% of red meat slaughterhouses and 70.4% of white meat slaughterhouses in England and Wales have some form of CCTV in use for animal welfare purposes, compared with 48.8% and 70.8% in 2015.

However, the agency insisted it was “well placed to continue to work with industry and government partners to encourage further uptake”.

The British Meat Processors Association said its members placed a “very high emphasis” on animal welfare. “BMPA supports the use of CCTV in abattoirs, and we have its use as a requirement in our pork schemes.”