Two County Durham businesses have been smacked with a zero food hygiene rating in the latest round of inspections.

Among the list of those given a zero food hygiene rating is Hello 7, based on Priory Road, Framwellgate Moor, Durham, which was inspected on March 7, as well as Pizza Hot, on Main Street, Ferryhill, which was inspected in January this year.

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

The Northern Echo: Hello 7, based on Priory Road, Framwellgate Moor, DurhamHello 7, based on Priory Road, Framwellgate Moor, Durham (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

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

The Northern Echo: Pizza Hot, on Main Street, FerryhillPizza Hot, on Main Street, Ferryhill (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

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

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

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

We’ve rounded up the two inspections carried out that have been published by the Food Standards Agency and can be found here.

All ratings are as listed by the FSA on its website at the time of creating this article on Saturday, April 13.