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Britain's filthiest supermarkets - is YOUR local on the list?

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Health inspectors have released the names of 14 of Britain's filthiest supermarkets, all of which were given a zero hygiene rating during routine inspections.

One Tesco Express store in Highgate, London, had to be temporarily closed due to a rodent infestation, whilst a Poundland store in Birmingham was also found to have an 'imminent risk' from a problem with mice.

A spokesman for Poundland commented on the incident, which happened in February, stating: 'The company’s primary concern is for the health and wellbeing of its customers and it has reacted swiftly to resolve the situation. The store remains open for business for non-food items.' Inspectors gave Poundland the go-ahead to return food to the shelves three days later once requirements were met. 

During inspections, food retailers are given a rating between a zero and a five. Anything below a two means that the establishment is not meeting the expected standards, whilst a zero means that urgent action needs to be taken, and can even result in a shop being closed on the spot until improvements are made.



Britain's 14 filthiest supermarkets

Yours Supermarket, Belgrave Gate, Leicester

Spar, Millstone Lane, Leicester

Co-op, Evington Road, Leicester

Pound Box, Holme Slack Lane, Preston, Lancashire

Iqbal Cash & Carry, Mere Lane, Rochdale, Greater Manchester

Pak Supermarket, Birchfield Road, Birmingham

Poundland, Corporation Street, Birmingham

Beer Bank, Walsall Road, Walsall, West Midlands

Fine Foods, Park Parade, Harlesden, London

Sira Cash & Carry, South Road, Southall, London

Tesco Express, Swain's Lane, Highgate, London

Abbey Wood Afro Caribbean Cash & Car, Felixstowe Road, Willesden, London

Cheam Food Centre, London Road, North Cheam, Surrey

Aberavon Supermarket, Victoria Road, Port Talbot, South Wales

The full list of results, which detailed 11,440 shops that had been tested by local inspectors, showed that:

7 of Tesco's 1,897 tested stores weren't up to standard
6 of Asda's 477 tested stores were also below the minimum requirements
1 of Sainsbury's 1,080 stores was marked at a two or less
1 of Lidl's 455 stores was deemed to be inadequate
1 of Morrison's branches in Mansfield scored a two on the scale

Of the major chains, only Aldi and Waitrose were found to have no stores on the unacceptable end of the inspection scale.

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