A MEIRIONNYDD primary school’s kitchen was found to be in need of major improvements following an inspection by the Food Standards Agency.

In the run-up to Christmas, food inspectors visited Ysgol Bro Tegid in Bala and gave it a food hygiene rating of one out of five and said “major improvement was necessary”.

In particular, “management of food safety” was a concern.

Gwynedd Council has said it is aware of the situation and has taken “immediate steps” to improve the facility following the 13 December inspection.

A new inspection has also been requested.

When questioned about the situation, a Gwynedd Council spokesperson said: “The council’s education department works closely with the Public Protection Service to prioritise work to ensure that the kitchens of schools fully comply with food hygiene requirements.

“In the case of Ysgol Bro Tegid, the most recent inspection noted that hygiene and food handling was good and that the cleanliness and condition of the facilities were very good.

“However, the report noted that improvements were required in terms of the management of food safety. As soon as the report was published, the council’s education department took immediate steps together with the school to improve these arrangements. Additional training has been provided for staff, with arrangements also made to increase staffing provision as necessary to ensure that levels of food safety management are significantly improved.

“The recommendations outlined in the report have been implemented and a request has been made for a further food hygiene inspection to be carried out.”