Birmingham and Hyndburn have been ranked the worst areas in the UK for food hygiene standards.
This is according to analysis by Which? using data from the 2016/17 Local Authority Monitoring System (LAEMS), collected by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
43% of Birmingham’s high and medium-risk food businesses didn’t meet food compliance standards; while the Lancashire borough of Hyndburn was the second worst area in the UK for food hygiene, with just two in five of its medium and high-risk food businesses meeting food hygiene standards.
Birmingham has since closed more premises than any other English local authority; while Hyndburn said 92.5% of its food businesses are now compliant.
Coming out at the top of the table for food hygiene for a second year was Erewash Borough Council in East Derbyshire. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in Hampshire came in a close second.
Complaints about food hygiene and quality in 2016/17 were also up 23.5% on the previous year.
The lowest 10 ranked local authorities were:
2. Hyndburn, Lancashire
3. Camden, London
4. Croydon, London
5. Isles of Scilly
9. Lewisham, London
10. Waltham Forest, London
The top 10 ranked local authorities were:
1. Erewash, East Derbyshire
2. Basingstoke and Deane, Hampshire
4. North Dorset
5. South Kesteven, Lincolnshire
6. Brentwood, Essex
7. West Dorset
8. Staffordshire and Moorlands
10. Orkney Islands