Consumer Focus Wales is calling for parents to put pressure on their LEAs and schools as recent figures show almost 50 education premises in Wales are below standard in food hygiene ratings.
The Food Standard Agency’s Food Hygiene Rating Scheme shows that 48 premises, including schools, colleges, nurseries and playgroups, score two stars or below – which means their food hygiene is not making the grade.
A quarter of the premises (12) are based in the Cardiff area, while there are 11 poorly rated school kitchens across North Wales. Six schools in Newport and five in Rhondda Cynon Taff also have low scores.
Liz Withers, Head of Policy at Consumer Focus Wales, said:
‘It is quite shocking that so many schools and educational premises across Wales have below standard food hygiene ratings. There can be no excuses for them failing the vulnerable groups of children and young people they serve.’
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