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Bexley food hygeiene the worst in the country

PUBLISHED: 13:35 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:20 23 May 2013

Bexley officially has the worst hygiene in the whole country.

According to an investigation by consumer watchdog Which? magazine, six of the 10 worst postcodes for dirty food outlets are in the borough - DA7, DA17, DA15, DA8, DA5 and DA16.

All six fell below a satisfactory rating of three out of five, looking at restaurants, pubs, takeaways and cafes between

More than 2,000 postcodes were tested from January 2011 to March this year. The watchdog has called for all consumers to display their scores in windows so customers can tell quickly how grubby they are.

The worse postcode, DA7, covers parts of Bexleyheath and Barnehurst.

Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said: “Our investigation shows that food hygiene is an unacceptable postcode lottery.

“Diners shouldn’t be taking a risk with their health simply by choosing the wrong area in which to eat out.”

A Bexley Council spokesperson said: “The premises that the report refers to are not representative of the borough as a whole.

“When the Food Hygiene Ratings Scheme started in Bexley we took the decision to focus on rating higher risk food premises such as takeaways and fast food premises.

“These are the sorts of establishments we thought could be in danger of a low rating and which might need a spur to improve.”

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