Just Eat is set to remove Swindon’s zero star takeaways from its website as part of a nationwide food safety improvement programme with a commitment of £1 million to raise hygiene and safety standards.

As part of the scheme all zero-rated restaurants will be removed from the platform from 1st May, and restaurants with a food hygiene rating of two or lower will receive funding to get up to the required level.

Just Eat managing director Graham Corfield said: “We know that running a small, independent business is not without its challenges, and food hygiene and safety is a vital area that restaurants need to get right.”

“The vast majority of the UK’s takeaway restaurants have good food hygiene standards already, but today’s investment means those that need extra help can now access bespoke support for free.”

Heather Hancock, chairman of the Food Standards Agency, said: “The company influences thousands of food businesses and reaches millions of customers.

“Quite rightly, Just Eat is making clear that food safety and hygiene must be a top priority for all their partner businesses.”

All new restaurant sign-ups will have to meet the minimum standard of three.

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