Two Gainsborough eateries have been given a zero food hygiene rating during their latest inspections.
Pizza Milano, in Market Street, Gainsborough, and The Cafe, in Church Street, Gainsborough, were both visited towards the end of last year.
The food hygiene rating, known as Scores on the Doors, aims to highlight hygiene standards in pubs, restaurants, take-aways and clubs across the area.
Pizza Milano was inspected on October 6, 2015, and The Cafe was inspected on September 22, 2015, with the results revealed recently.
There are also eight eateries in the town and surrounding villages with a score of just one from inspections which took place throughout last year. These include Cafe Latte in Lord Street, Gainsborough, and The Black Horse Inn in High Street, Blyton.
Just one establishment was given a two rating, while 16 scored three.
But there is plenty of good news for Gainsborough diners as the majority of businesses scored four or five out of five.
During inspections in the last 12 months, 27 scored four out of five and 73 were scored five out of five.
A West Lindsey District Council spokesman said: “West Lindsey District Council takes hygiene and food safety seriously. The National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme helps to promote high performing businesses and enables consumers to make informed choices. The hygiene rating shows how closely the business is meeting the requirements of food hygiene law. Ratings are based on how the food is handled, the condition and cleanliness of the premises, how food is kept safe and the management of the business which includes good record keeping. This encourages businesses to maintain the highest standards of food hygiene ensuring the best quality for residents and food hygiene officers work closely with businesses to ensure high standards.”
The food safety officer inspecting a business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at how hygienically the food is handled, how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored, the condition of the structure of the buildings, the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities, and how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe. Scores range from zero, which means urgent improvement necessary, up to five which is very good.
For more information visit www.food.gov.uk/ratings.
Pizza Milano and The Cafe were not available for comment before the Standard went to press.