The six Hartlepool businesses rated two stars or less for food hygiene standards
These six Hartlepool businesses have been given low food hygiene ratings by the Food Standards Agency.
0 is the lowest rating - but luckily none of the premises in our town achieved this score in their latest inspection.
The premises featured in our picture gallery achieved either a 1 - the second lowest score, or a 2 out of five.
Their last inspection dates are noted.
Each business is given a hygiene rating when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the local authority.
Inspection criteria includes how hygienically the food is handled, how it is prepared, cook, re-heated, cooled and stored, the cleanliness and other facilities and the structure of the building.
At the end of an inspection, the business is given one of six ratings from 0 to 5.
* The Food Standards Agency can be contacted on 0207 2104850.