Food Standards Agency (FSA) approves sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) approves sites in Scotland.
Plans to work with industry to implement CCTV are being led by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and do not apply to Scotland.
Further details on the review
The review will be undertaken by an internal team from Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland supported by an external reference group whose role will be to challenge findings and provide an external perspective.
The review team will gather evidence from a wide range of sources including through industry workshops, meetings and plant visits.
Definitions of a cutting plant
Slaughterhouses, Cutting Plants and Game Handling Establishments require veterinary control in accordance with Article 4(7) of Regulation (EC) No 854/2004 and must be approved by the FSA in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and by FSS in Scotland.
However, unlike slaughter houses, cutting plants do not require veterinary control on a daily basis and are inspected through periodical and unannounced visits by the FSA, FSS, The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) or local authorities.
Cutting plants are wholesale butchery establishments engaged only with the cutting of meat and boning out of carcases.