HYGIENE CHECKS ON PENARTH BUTCHERS PRODUCE MIXED RESULTS

A forsty morning at Old Cogan Hall Farm , Penarth .  The farm achieved higher Food Standards ratings than town-centre butchers

A frosty morning at Old Cogan Hall Farm, Penarth . The farm achieved higher Food Standards Agency ratings than town-centre butchers

Penarth shoppers who may be pondering where to buy this year’s Christmas turkey may need to do a little more than just check the prices.

Rating given by the Food Standards Agency in co-operation with the Vale of Glamorgan Council have shown wide variations in the ratings given to local butchers  – i.e. retailers who prepare and serve raw meat.

Customers queue tio pick up Christmas orders at Thompsons the butchers in Glebe St, Penarth

Customers queuing to pick up Christmas orders at Thompsons the butchers in Glebe St, Penarth

The well-known Penarth family butchers Thompsons of 110b Glebe Street  has been awarded a disappointing rating of only 2 out of a possible 5  by the Food Standards Agency indicating that “improvement is  necessary” .

The Food Standards Agency rated Thompsons at 2

The Food Standards Agency rated Thompsons at 2

When checked in February this year, the shop was found to have “Generally satisfactory” as far as overall  cleanliness, condition of facilities and premises were concerned.

The shop was also found to be generally satisfactory as far as the “management of food safety” was concerned .

However the inspectors found “improvement is necessary” in the hygienic handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage .

David Lush butchers in Glebe St Penarth scored 4 out of 5

David Lush butchers in Glebe St Penarth scored 4 out of 5

The other town-centre butchers, David Lush – based at 5 Glebe St – received a high rating of 4 from the Food Standards Agency.

Here hygienic food-handling was found to be “generally satisfactory” and cleanliness and food safety management were found to be “good”.

The business hit the headlines earlier this month when its staff took part in a YouTube Penarth pop video .

The best appraisal was for Old Cogan Hall farm which had two "very good" - one "good and an overall rating of 5

The best appraisal was for Old Cogan Hall farm which had two “very good” – one “good” and an overall rating of 5

Even better however was Old Cogan Hall Farm, Penarth  which received a top rating of 5 .

Here, hygienic food handling was “very good“, cleanliness was “very good” and management of food safety was “good“.

The family-run farm is based out in the country on Sully Road on the Western boundary of Penarth  and  dates back to the 13th century.

The farm is specialises in pig farming but also produces sheep, beef cattle and its own turkeys . The sheep and cattle are raised under the “Farm Assured” scheme which guatantees their welfare.

Tesco's Marina supermarket scored a high 5 rating from the Food Standards Agency

Tesco’s Marina supermarket scored a high 5 rating from the Food Standards Agency

The Tesco supermarket in Penarth Marina did almost as well as Old Cogan Hall Farm and got a top rating of 5 rating and was rated “good” under all three headings.

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6 Responses to HYGIENE CHECKS ON PENARTH BUTCHERS PRODUCE MIXED RESULTS

  1. dmcprojman says:

    We have been buying our lamb from Lisa & Trevor ( Old Cogan Hall ) for many years. It is the sweetest lamb ever tasted at a competitive price. DELICIOUS!!!
    Their turkeys are also the best quality. Beautiful meat.
    Recently we have tried their pork & we give it top marks.
    Not surprised they have got top marks.

  2. Ivor Bagman says:

    Penarth’s butchers
    Are Okay by me !
    I’ve used them for 68 years .

  3. MrPegster says:

    Always get our meat ( turkeys, lamb, speciality bacons, sausages, pork,) from the Old Cogan Hall Farm – great produce at very reasonable price – not surprised at their great score.

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  5. Judith Mancuso says:

    let’s not slate our local butchers who open six days a week to provide a service , on the basis of a news report that there hygiene standards are generally satisfactory … I purchase regularly from both our local butchers and find the staff helpful the produce excellent and have never witnessed any bad hygiene . Support local business or lose them .

  6. Being a former Caterer for many years,I have been buying my meat from Thompsons Butchers for a few years now without any issues that would concern Me. The Food Hygiene ratings are essential for the Food Industry to ensure standards are maintained,when providing a servive to the General Public as they are. I personally sympathise with Thompsons Butchers, they keep their paperwork in order, they are trained for food handling but they scored low as at the time of their inspection because they were in the process of installing a Hand wash sink in the shop which is necessary for food handling. Mr Thompson phoned the EVHO office (Environmental Health) at the Vale offices to inform them that the work was complete. They were informed that a re -inspection was necessary to have the rating changed – at a cost of £300 …. that is Scandalous !!! so they will now wait for the reinspection in Feb 2017 which is “Free” …. it won’t stop me from buying their Excellent Quality meat … Bring on my Christmas Turkey Guys can’t wait !!!

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