A SUPERMARKET and three restaurant/takeaways have been handed a poor food hygiene rating in the latest round of inspections.

Four businesses in Darlington, County Durham and Northumberland have been told either a 'Major or Urgent Improvement' is necessary in recently published results.

Across the UK, food outlets including convenience stores, restaurants, pubs, takeaways, hospitals and care homes are given a hygiene rating.

This is based on hygiene and safety, structural compliance and confidence in management, which helps consumers decide on where they want to eat. 

In the North-East, the majority of takeaways and restaurants have scored 3 and above - but there are exceptions.

This is what each hygiene rating means

0 - Urgent Improvement Necessary
1 - Major Improvement Necessary
2 - Some Improvement Necessary
3 - Hygiene Standards Generally Satisfactory
4 - Hygiene Standards Good
5 - Hygiene Standards Very Good

Here's the list of takeaways recent rated

Source: Food Standards Agency - all ratings correct and valid at time of publication on November 1.

Indian Spice, Pelton - zero star hygiene rating

Inspected - September 21, 2020

Ribbon Foods Ltd, Darlington - one star hygiene rating

Inspected - October 6, 2020

Ashta La Pizza, Ashington - one star hygiene rating

Inspected - September 15, 2020

Elks Head, Whitfield, Northumberland - one star hygiene rating

Inspected - September 8, 2020

If your business has been re-rated by the Food Standards Agency - email jim.scott@newsquest.co.uk