A TAKEAWAY has been slapped with a one-star food hygiene rating, inspectors saying 'major improvement is necessary.'

AJ's Pizza was given the rating - the second-lowest available - by Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) inspectors after an inspection on March 30. 

A report into the Laslett Street-based takeaway, now showing on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website, reveals that "major improvement' was necessary in the management of food safety.

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That key category considers the system or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future.

The report also said the standards found in hygienic handling of food, and the cleanliness and conditions of the facilities and the building, were 'generally satisfactory'.

The one-star rating is a blow for the takeaway which sells pizza, kebabs, burgers and wraps, having previously recovered from a zero-food hygiene rating - the lowest possible rating - in September 2019.

After improving its rating to three stars that year, the takeaway has not been on the zero or one-star list since.

Attempts to contact AJ's Pizza owners have been unsuccessful.

In receiving the rating the takeaway joins the list of one-star rated food businesses in the city which includes Lifestyle Express in Kilbury Drive, O Nosso Cafe in London Road and El Mexicana, The Cross.


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Age UK Worcester and District Lunch Club in Bilford Court, which was on the list, is no longer featured on the FSA website at all.

If managers disagree with a rating, or believe their business has been upgraded since receiving the rating listed on the FSA website, food.gov.uk, they should contact the FSA directly.

No Worcester business has the lowest rating, zero stars.

Each food business must display their FSA information on their venue and online.

All information published is based on results on the FSA website, food.gov.uk, and is correct as of April 29, 2022, with inspections listed as the latest carried out.