Research conducted by Clouder.co.uk has revealed the hygiene ratings of independent fast-food and takeaway outlets within a one-mile radius of 25 different towns and cities across the UK. Clouder.co.uk identified pizza, kebab, chicken, Chinese, Indian, and fish and chips as the most popular options for fast-food and takeaway. The hygiene rating for each outlet from its latest inspection was verified using the Food Standards Agency.
Overall, a total of 742 independent fast-food and takeaway outlets were reviewed for the research.
The findings revealed that eight out the 22 towns and cities reviewed have at least one independent fast-food and takeaway outlet within a one-mile radius of the city centre with a hygiene rating of ‘0-Urgeny Improvement Necessary’.
Astonishingly, major cities such as Birmingham, Leicester and Manchester have a high proportion of independent outlets within a one-mile radius of the city centre with a hygiene rating of ‘1-Major Improvement Necessary’. Cities such as Leeds, Northampton and Norwich are only marginally better with most of the independent outlets achieving a hygiene rating of ‘3-Generally Satisfactory’.
Bristol, Lincoln and Plymouth are the locations where outlets are truly excelling in high hygiene standards with the majority attaining the best possible rating of ‘5-Very Good’.
Tomas Zalatoris, CEO of Clouder.co.uk, said: “Whilst the majority of independent fast-food and takeaway outlets are excelling at maintaining hygiene at the heart of their business, there are many others which are failing to do so. With consumers trusting these outlets and hoping they will continue to thrive, hygiene should certainly be a high priority. Independent outlets should repay the faith by ensuring all aspects of their establishments are carefully monitored and thoroughly looked after to constantly achieve high standards. Consumers obviously expect the quality of food and condition of the outlets they eat from to be at the very least satisfactory. The fact that some outlets are failing to even meet this basic level should push them to work hard to drastically improve their standards.”