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Six London boroughs have the worst food hygiene ratings in the UK

Posted at 3:15 pm, February 14, 2015 in Food & Drink

Remember that time we bragged about London dominating the list of most Instagrammed tourist attractions in the UK? Well, we’ve just dominated another round-up – but this time it’s not great news.

Which? have revealed the ten UK boroughs with the worst food hygiene ratings, and six of them are in London. The organisation combined the proportion of high/medium risk restaurants with the percentage of premises that that had been rated as ‘at risk’ or shut down in order to work out each borough’s score.

Enfield came in at number one, with just 54 percent of its ‘medium and high-risk’ businesses meeting hygiene requirements. It was followed by Lewisham, Ealing, Harrow, Camden and Brent.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd says: ‘Our research reveals a shocking postcode lottery on food hygiene where in some places you may as well toss a coin before deciding which restaurant to trust with your health.’

Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment and community safety, Chris Bond argues: ‘It is ludicrous to suggest, as Which? are, for example, that local authorities which identify the most shortcomings in their local food businesses are the ones which are failing residents when the reverse is quite clearly true. Under the Which? assessment criteria, the more businesses you close or prosecute for hygiene failings, the worse the job you are doing. That is clearly a ridiculous suggestion.’

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