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Restaurants in Barking and Dagenham least hygienic in country

PUBLISHED: 17:05 06 January 2017 | UPDATED: 18:02 06 January 2017

A new study suggests Barking and Dagenham has the lowest percentage of restaurants awarded the highest grade of hygiene rating in the country. Picture: PA Images/Philip Toscano.

A new study suggests Barking and Dagenham has the lowest percentage of restaurants awarded the highest grade of hygiene rating in the country. Picture: PA Images/Philip Toscano.

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Restaurants in the borough are the least hygienic in the country, a recent study suggests.

Barking and Dagenham has the lowest number of restaurants and cafes awarded the top food hygiene rating of 5 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Just over a quarter (27.1 per cent) of 177 premises received the top rating from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) – contrasting starkly with highest achiever Darlington, in County Durham, where 94.4pc of the restaurants were awarded the highest grade.

The study by lovemyvouchers.co.uk was conducted using data published on food.gov.uk last month.

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