A zero star rating is bottom of the scale, meaning “urgent improvement is required”, while a one star rating means “major improvement is necessary”.
When giving a rating, inspectors look at areas such as hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building, along with management of food safety.
In order to get a top rating of five, a business must do well in all elements of food hygiene standards and if this is not given, the officer will explain the actions needed to improve.
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Businesses that are given low ratings must make urgent improvements to hygiene standards, with the food safety officer having several enforcement options available to them to ensure that improvements are made.
The food safety officer will also tell the business how quickly these improvements must be made.
Scroll down to read the full list of zero-star and one-star rated businesses in postcode order in June 2022.
Spent Grain: 67 John Street, Sunderland, SR1 1QH - Awarded one star on June 16.
Bow’s Thai Kitchen: 2 Neville Road, Sunderland, SR4 6QT - Awarded zero stars on June 14.
The inspections are ordered by the Food Standards Agency, an independent government department working to protect public health and consumers’ wider interests in relation to food.
Businesses are rated from 0-5, with zero meaning urgent improvement is required, one meaning major improvement is necessary, two meaning some improvement is necessary, three meaning hygiene standards are generally satisfactory, four meaning standards are good and five meaning standards are very good.