THERE are now no businesses in Darlington which have a zero-rated food hygiene rating. 

A cafe in the town has seen its rating boosted from its previous zero score to two after a recent inspection. 

However, seven businesses continue to have a one star food hygiene rating. 

The ratings, which are based on hygiene and safety, structural compliance and confidence in management are routinely updated.

Across the UK, every food outlet including convenience stores, restaurants, hospitals and care homes are given a hygiene rating.

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In the North East and North Yorkshire, the majority of takeaways and restaurants continue to receive a three and above rating.

But there are a number that are identified as causes for concern which must either make "urgent" or "major" improvements.

Responding to the news that no businesses are now rated zero, a Darlington Council spokeswoman praised the work of the authority's inspectors.

The spokeswoman said: “This is good news and comes as result of the hard work and commitment of our environmental health team who, despite the extra pressures presented by Covid, have worked with local businesses to make sure they are following the necessary guidelines when it comes to food hygiene.

“Darlington is home to many restaurants, cafes and food outlets and we want to make sure that customers feel confident that they are dining in or eating food from a place where standards are being met and improved on. 

"There is still progress to be made and we will continue to work with local businesses to drive up food hygiene standards across the borough.”

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