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    Newham, Ealing and Harrow Fall Bottom of Restaurant Hygiene Rankings


    According to a new Food Standards Agency (FSA) report, Newham, in London, is the worst-preforming area in the UK when it comes to the hygiene ratings of its restaurants and cafes. A bottom-ten ranking table, compiled by LoveMyVouchers.co.uk and published on 19 December 2016, reveals the lowest-performing areas of Britain in these terms based on official FSC data.

    As we’ve mentioned before, the FSC is Britain’s food standards regulator. It issues every establishment selling food to the public with a hygiene rating, on a six-point scale between 0 and 5:
    • Score of 0 – Urgent improvement necessary
    • Score of 1 – Major improvement necessary
    • Score of 2 – Improvement necessary
    • Score of 3 – Generally satisfactory
    • Score of 4 – Good
    • Score of 5 – Very good

    Even if a retailer is scored 0, it is still allowed to remain open. Many food establishments in Britain have ratings of either 4 or 5. For example, in South Derbyshire, the UK’s top-performing area in these terms, 99% of establishments had a rating of either 4 or 5 and none were rated with 0, 1 or 2. The government claims that it is entirely possible for an establishment to achieve the highest rating.

    The league table below, compiled by the LoveMyVouchers.co.uk, details the percentage of establishments which have ratings of 0, 1 or 2 (poor ratings) for each area in the UK:
    1. Newham, London - 29.2 per cent (377 rated eateries)
    2. Ealing, London - 28.2 per cent (554 rated eateries)
    3. Harrow, London - 26.1 per cent (309 rated eateries)
    4. Hertsmere, Herts - 24.6 per cent (195 rated eateries)
    5. Islington, London - 23.5 per cent (829 rated eateries)
    6. Birmingham - 21.5 per cent (1,249 rated eateries)
    7. Brent, London - 20.9 per cent (454 rated eateries)
    8. Enfield, London - 19.5 per cent (374 rated eateries)
    9. Hackney, London - 18.9 per cent (681 rated eateries)
    10. Lewisham, London - 18.1 per cent (613 rated eateries)


    All but two of these worst-performing areas are situated in London. As the Birmingham Mail points out, the prevalence of restaurants in a certain area could well affect its ranking position. With more food establishments per person, hygiene standards will inevitably slip as restaurants rely less upon good hygiene to generate repeat custom.


    Director of the study Linda Firth told the Birmingham Mail: "We conducted this study to raise awareness about food hygiene standards. When people only have a limited budget for eating out, they want to be sure they are spending their money wisely, in restaurants and cafes that care about food safety."



    James Stannard

    James has a Bachelor’s degree in History and wrote his dissertation on beef and protest. His heroes list ranges from Adele to Noam Chomsky: inspirations he’ll be invoking next year when he begins a Master’s degree in London.
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