Morrisons claims first on animal welfare at slaughter

Morrisons has announced it is the first retailer to achieve Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

WATOK qualifications assess employees dealing with animals at the point of slaughter. Employees at Colne, Spalding and Turriff, the three slaughterhouses used by the supermarket, have been awarded the qualification.

Tony Higginson, senior animal welfare manager at Morrisons, said: “We are proud to be the first retailer whose colleagues have attained the WATOK qualification.

The retailer worked alongside awards body FDQ, which offers qualifications within the food industry. FDQ standards and quality director Derek Williams added: “FDQ is particularly pleased to have worked closely with our centre, Food and Drink Training Solutions, and with Morrisons to complete the very first Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (WATOK) qualification achievements in England.
The qualification also allows individuals to apply for a certificate of competence via the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

“The welfare of animals is incredibly important to both us and our customers and we are continuing to lead the way in ensuring every animal that passes through our abattoirs is treated with the highest standard of care,” Higginson continued.

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