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.
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” .
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 .
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 .
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.
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.