Staff at Morrisons Spalding are first to get welfare award

Staff from Morrisons Spalding with their WATOK awards. ANL-140810-094508001
Staff from Morrisons Spalding with their WATOK awards. ANL-140810-094508001

Morrisons is the first food retailer whose colleagues at its meat processing site in Spalding have achieved the Welfare of Animals at the Time Of Killing (WATOK) qualifications.

The qualification assesses and confirms the competence of individuals in ensuring the highest possible standards of welfare of animals at the point of slaughter.

Morrisons, which is the only British supermarket to have its own food processing sites and abattoirs worked with FDQ, a specialist food industry awarding organisation, focussed on improving skills and knowledge in the food industry through qualifications.

FDQ Standards and Quality Director, Derek Williams, said: “FDQ is particularly pleased to have worked closely with our centre Food and Drink Training Solutions and with colleagues in Spalding to complete the very first Welfare of Animals at Time of Killing (WATOK) qualification achievements in England.

Tony Higginson, Senior Animal Welfare Manager at Morrisons said: “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.”

Morrions is the first to put its colleagues through the process of accreditation with Tony Higginson becoming a certified WATOK assessor to ensure even more Morrisons colleagues can complete the course.