Birmingham and Hyndburn in Lancashire are the UK’s worst areas for food hygiene for the second year, consumer watchdog Which? has said.
It looked at areas including the number of high and medium-risk food businesses which kept to hygiene standards and the number of interventions carried out.
But Birmingham City Council said Which? had failed to engage with local authorities and Hyndburn Council said the data was out of date.
Erewash in Derbyshire was rated top.
Data from 390 local authorities for 2016-17 was used, including information from the Local Authority Monitoring System collected by the Food Standards Agency.
Which? said Birmingham City Council had a poor record for carrying out inspections within 28 days of a food business opening.
It found that 16% of the city’s more than 8,000 food businesses were yet to be rated and 43% of the city’s high and medium-risk food businesses did not meet food compliance standards.
Hyndburn Borough Council in Lancashire was the second worst area in the UK for food hygiene.
Which? said that 98% of the area’s businesses had been rated for risk, but just two in five of its medium and high-risk food businesses met hygiene standards.
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