MORE than two thirds of food businesses in Carmarthenshire have achieved the top rating of 5 for food hygiene standards, and more than 97% have achieved a rating of 3-5.
The good news has been reported to today’s (Jan 16) meeting of Carmarthenshire County Council’s environmental and public protection scrutiny committee.
The council has also revealed the businesses that are performing poorly and have failed to respond to a council letter asking them to confirm their plans to become broadly compliant with the rules. Two businesses have now been removed from the list after making improvements.
The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme was set up in November 2013 and has ratings covering the level of current compliance with food hygiene and safety procedures, including food handling, cleanliness, layout, and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe.
There are six different food hygiene ratings: 0 to 5. A rating of 5 is the highest rating and represents a ‘very good’ level of compliance with legal requirements. Business with scores of ‘3’ (generally satisfactory) or greater are also deemed to be ‘broadly compliant’.
Those with ratings of ‘0’, ‘1’ or ‘2’ are likely to have been observed as performing poorly and would be revisited and worked with until they had achieved at least a 3 rating.
Food businesses can only be closed down if there is found to be an ‘imminent risk’ such as an infestation of vermin. Premises subject to this type of action are not awarded a score as they are deemed to be closed and therefore not trading.
Executive board member for environmental and public protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “I’m delighted that 97 per cent of food premises inspected are broadly compliant and that two thirds have achieved the top rating. This shows the generally high standards in the industry.
“However, I’m concerned that a small numbers of businesses are performing poorly and that some of them have failed to respond with information on how they intend to improve.
“We are determined to tackle the situation and to have high standards in those businesses too.”
The updated list of poorly performing businesses that have failed to respond is:
- Check Point Filling Station, Llanwrda, 14 months since last score
- Denham Stores, Llanelli, nine months
- Dhaka 2 Bombay, Pembrey, two months
- Furnace United Rugby Football Club, Furnace, 10 months
- New Sunrise Chinese Take Away, Llwynhendy, two months
- Number 11, Newcastle Emlyn, one month
- Trimsaran RFC, Trimsaran, nine months
- Webb’s FOODs, Burry Port, six months
- Andrew & E Barker, LLanwrda, seven months
- Bara Gwalia Bakery, Llanybydder, 10 months
- The Curry Port, Burry Port, nine months
- Cymru Balti, Tumble, 10 months
- Farmers Arms, Pencader, 12 months
- Lynn’s Catering, LLanwrda, one month
- Mynydd Mawr Fresh Meats, Tumble, 10 months
- New China Wok, Llanybydder, 10 months
- Peppinos, Ponthenry, 15 months
- PJ Snack Bar, Llanelli, 15 months
- Pontyberem Balti Tandoori Takeaway, Pontyberem, 11 months
- Top Taste, Carmarthen, nine months
- White Hart Inn, Newcastle Emlyn, 11 months
- White Lion Inn, Llanelli, 10 months
Just Desserts, Llanboidy, nine months, and Popty Bach Y Wlad, Pentre Cwrt, 15 months, have exercised a right to reply on the FSA website commenting on the particular reasons for their rating.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children
Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.
Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real. Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.
Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help. My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.
‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’
Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge. Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund.
‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most. I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’
If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb
Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package
A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.
People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.
However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.
That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.
Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.
“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.
“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.
“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”
The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.
The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.
Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.
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