Watchdogs say that 'major improvement' is necessary at a County Durham Thai takeaway which was slapped with a one star hygiene rating in October.

Thai Lemon on Northgate in Darlington was awarded a very low rating by the Food Standards Agency in an inspection on October 5.

Following the inspection the takeaway will have been informed that a number of improvements need to be made and urgently.

Here’s what each food 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

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During its inspection, the restaurant was inspected on its hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building as well as management of food safety.

In both cleanliness and food safety management, the business was told that urgent improvement was necessary.

Thai Lemon have been contacted for a comment on their recent inspection.