UK supermarket chain Iceland has become the latest retailer to confirm that all its UK-based meat suppliers have installed independently monitored CCTV cameras in the stunning and slaughter, and shackling in the case of poultry, areas of their slaughterhouses, or advised their intention to install them by the end of 2011.

The cameras will be monitored in compliance with the Food Standards Agency’s guidelines, when these are published.

In late 2010, the company issued a statement saying that its chief executive, Malcolm Walker, was “100% behind animal rights group Animal Aid’s campaign to ensure that CCTV cameras are installed in every British slaughterhouse, to combat cruelty and enforce the law.” Iceland joins Aldi, Asda, the Co-op, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and wholesaler Booker in agreeing to Animal Aid’s call for them to insist on their meat suppliers having the cameras in their slaughterhouses.