TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, UK

Just Eat to ban takeaways with zero hygiene rating

The food delivery platform will remove all offending restaurants from the platform by May 1.

Just Eat has announced that any new outlet attempting to join the platform will have to be rated at least "generally satisfactory" - a three on the five point scale - for hygiene.

The move follows the results of a recent BBC investigation finding that half of outlets rated zero by the Food Standards Agency in Manchester, Bristol and London appeared on the app. In England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, a hygiene rating of zero means a brand is required to pursue "urgent improvement".

Just Eat plans to invest £1 million to raise the food hygiene and safety standards of its platform, and pledge to help any restaurant with a low rating to improve. The initiatives will involve one-to-one visits from an expert food safety practitioner, as well as guidance on how to request a re-inspection.

"We know that running a small, independent business is not without its challenges, and food hygiene and safety is a vital area that restaurants need to get right," said managing director Graham Corfield.

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