In certain UK locations, popular fast food chain Subway has scored extremely low on hygiene – with some of its branches ranked as low as zero out of five, the worst possible score according to the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
A documentary on Channel 4 titled “Tricks of the Restaurant Trade” will air on Monday revealing the results of the channel’s investigation into hygiene standards at high street restaurants, according to the Daily Mail.
Subway, which has over 2,000 branches in the UK, currently operates 45 restaurants where food hygiene standards were found to fall below level 2, according to the FSA, which considers a level 3 or above to be satisfactory. According to the FSA, though, the fast food outlet does score a level 5 at almost 1,500 of its locations.
33 of Subway’s UK branches are categorised as level 2 in the hygiene stakes, while 10 are at level 1, and, shockingly, two – its Granby Street branch in Leicester and Roade Service Station in Northamptonshire – were ranked as zero out of five.
Subway responded to a request for comment from Business Insider with the following statement: “Ninety seven percent of Subway stores that have been rated received the Food Standards hygiene rating of very good (5 out of 5), good (4 out of 5), or satisfactory (3 out of 5). All Subway stores are held to high food handling and cleanliness standards, and are subject to monthly inspections to ensure that our strict standards are met.”
Other offenders include Frankie & Benny’s, which has seven restaurants with sub-standard hygiene ratings – five of its branches are ranked at level 2 and two at level 1.
The show will also reveal that a branch of Marco’s New York Italian, a bistro chain owned by celebrity British chef Marco Pierre White at the Mercure Hotel in central London, scored just two out of five.
You can check out the ratings of your local restaurants via the FSA website online here.
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