A TAKEAWAY that was given a low hygiene rating from inspectors has now received the highest rating in a matter of weeks.

AJ's Pizza was slapped with the one-star rating by Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) inspectors after an inspection on March 30. 

Ratings are judged by inspectors over the standards in the handling of food, how food is stored, how food is prepared, cleanliness of facilities and pest control, how food safety is managed and evidence staff know about food safety.

The original report into the Laslett Street-based takeaway said "major improvement' was necessary in the management of food safety - the key category that 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.

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A reinspection took place just over five weeks later on Friday, May 6 and the results were published on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) website this week.

Inspectors said in a new report the takeaway is very good, receiving a good rating in the management of food safety category. 

The takeaway also received a good rating in the cleanliness and condition of facilities and building - the category which looks at whether a venue has appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control to enable good food hygiene. 

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And the same good rating was given to the third key category, hygienic food handling, which focuses on the handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage.

In receiving the rating the takeaway leaves the list of one-star rated food businesses in the city which now features O Nosso Cafe in London Road and Lifestyle Express in Kilbury Drive.

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There is a note on Lifestyle Express' listing on the FSA website that says it was recently inspected, with a new rating to be published soon.

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.