The Food Standards Agency has revealed that a restaurant in County Durham has been given the second worst possible rating by inspectors.

Red Chilli Indian restaurant on Church Street, Shildon, has recently been awarded a one-star food rating, as inspectors claim "major improvement" is necessary. 

The agency conducted the inspection on May 11, investigating the businesses' hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building and management of food safety.

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The Northern Echo: Red Chilli Indian restaurant, Shildon.Red Chilli Indian restaurant, Shildon. (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

Red Chilli is now the third Shildon business to obtain a poor rating this year after two other businesses achieved one star.

Shildon Express, located at 22 Main Street, was slapped with a one-star rating after their inspection on May 3.

Spice Island, at 100 Main Street, was also deemed to require "major improvements" by the agency.

Here's what each ranking 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

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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.

Inspections are carried out regularly throughout the year all across the country.