JUST three food outlets across Wigan were given a zero-star hygiene rating in 2014.
The damning scores – based on the latest inspections by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – mean “urgent improvement” is necessary.
Ratings are based on how the food is handled, the condition and cleanliness of the premises and the management of the business which includes good record keeping.
All three businesses, which are all Chinese restaurants or takeaways, received their scores in the latter part of 2014 with no outlets receiving the lowest score possible before October.
Beijing House Chinese restaurant in Hindley and the Phoenix Chinese restaurant on the outskirts of Marsh Green, were both evaluated and handed their zero scores in November, while the Lucky Star in Ashton received theirs in October.
The FSA gives a rating between zero and five to evaluate their own findings.
Before the three bottom ratings, all outlets achieved at least a one.
The low number of zero-scores will delight the hygiene bosses but so will the overall number of five-star scores.
A total of 75 outlets received full marks throughout the year, many improving on previous inspections while others simply maintained their superb standards.
Anyone who receives a low score is given advice on how to improve their business.
See the full list in the Wigan Evening Post (Thursday) ...