Beautiful UK city denounced as ‘most unhygienic’ with horrendous ratings

Better known for its esteemed architecture, UNESCO world heritage site status and once-famed wellness retreat reputation, this British city seems to have undergone a drastic U-turn. 

Official government statistics suggest that, while it is still a beautiful place, you might want to bring your own food. 

The city in question is Bath, home of the Roman Baths, the famous Royal Crescent and plenty of other stunning Georgian architecture. 

But the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is not as impressed – it ranked Bath as the number one most unhygienic night out. 

The FSA said 36 per cent of Bath’s late night entertainment venues were in the 0 to 3 range of ratings out of 5. 

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Such is the state of Bath’s culinary hygiene levels, a dedicated Twitter account, @bathfood, posts updates from inspections around the city.

Only two other areas had 0-3 ratings being over 30 per cent of their total scores – Salford and Swansea. These were followed at 27 per cent and 26 per cent by Liverpool and Manchester.

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The government department has 6 rankings for its assessment of food venues. They range from 5, where “hygiene standards are very good” to 0, where “urgent improvement is required”. 1 means “major improvement is necessary” and 2 signals “some improvement is necessary”. 

The FSA says the ratings are “a snapshot of the standards of food hygiene found at the time of inspection” and that “it is the responsibility of the business to comply with food hygiene law at all times”. 

The ratings are based on five key measures: 

  • handling of food

  • how food is stored

  • how food is prepared

  • cleanliness of facilities

  • how food safety is managed

When conducting an inspection, the food safety officer will be keeping a watchful eye out for violations of how hygienically the food is directly “prepared, cooked, reheated, cooled and stored”. 

Also on their list is the physical state of the establishment. They’ll check the cleanliness, lighting, ventilation and pest control, among other things.  

The assessor will then calculate the likelihood of the business improving (or remaining high) in the future based on the training and processes being put in place.

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