The eight premises in South Tyneside awarded four and five star hygiene ratings in recent months

Eight premises across South Tyneside have been handed four or five-star food hygiene ratings in recent months.

South Tyneside Council food safety inspectors have given a number of local businesses and premises four and five-star food hygiene ratings after assessments were carried out in May, June and July.

A four-star rating means that “hygiene standards are good”, while reaching a full five-star rating means inspectors have classified standards as “very good”.

During an inspection, officers look at areas such as hygienic food handling; cleanliness and condition of facilities and building; along with management of food safety.

South Shields businesses recently awarded 4 and 5 star food hygiene ratings

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In order to get a top rating of five, a business must do well in all elements of food hygiene standards and if this is not given the officer will explain the actions needed to improve.

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Scroll down to read the full list of five-star and four-star rated businesses in postcode order:

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Arbeia, South Shields

St Lukes Coffee Morning - Awarded 5 stars on July 4.

Hebburn Helps - Awarded 5 stars on May 9.

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Bede’s Helping Hands Food Bank - Awarded 5 stars on June 23.

Shergrill, South Shields

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Shergrill Fish & Chips - Awarded 5 stars on May 27.

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The Studio - Awarded 5 stars on May 27.

Ritrovo - Awarded 5 stars on May 19.

Arbeia - Awarded 4 stars on May 5

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Pizza Corner - Awarded 4 stars on July 7.

The inspections are ordered by the Food Standards Agency, an independent government department working to protect public health and consumers’ wider interests in relation to food