Special food hygiene investigation. How did your favourite takeaway fare?

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The grubbiest places to eat in Leyland have been revealed in a shock new list.

If you enjoyed your takeaway last night, then you might find figures which show 11 eateries in the town need major improvement a little hard to stomach.

In a review which looked at 400 food premises across the borough, Allen’s Chinese Fish and Chips on Clifton Parade, Farington and Kim’s Butty Box on Marathon Place have been named and shamed as the worst in Leyland.

They were given no stars under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which means they require urgent improvement.

Included in the list are any premises which serve food including cafes, supermarkets, schools, and care homes.

Nine places were given a one-star rating, which mean they require major improvement.

They include Charcoal Grill on Chapel Brow, Giulio’s on Towngate, and Welcome on Dunkirk Lane.

The scheme has been run locally by South Ribble Borough Council as part of a national initiative by the Food Standards Agency.

Inspectors looked at how hygienically food was handled, prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored.

They also looked at the condition of the buildings, taking into account cleanliness, layout, lighting and ventilation.

Businesses also had to demonstrate how they manage and record what they do to make sure food is safe.

Outlets with low ratings were offered the chance to make improvements before results were published online, which several did, earning higher grades on re-inspection.

Twelve outlets were given two stars, meaning they need improvement, 27 were given three, meaning they were generally satisfactory, 21 were good, and 23 were very good.

Among the five-star eateries were the Chicken Deli on Leyland Lane, Anna’s Plaice on Bannister Drive, and Leyland Cross Fish and Chips. Coun Phil Smith, cabinet member for regeneration, leisure and healthy communities, said: “It’s really important that our restaurants, takeaways, supermarkets and hotels are managed to the best standards of hygiene and our officers work closely with them to ensure this is the case.

“The new Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is great news for residents as it means they can make more informed choices about where they eat out and buy their groceries.

“The scheme gives the public valuable information and will hopefully encourage food premises across the borough to keep standards up.”

To check the rating for your favourite eatery, visit www.food.gov.uk/ratings

For the full investigation, including responses from the one star establishments, see the double-page special in this week’s Leyland Guardian.