Almost 30% of takeaways failed hygiene inspections in Luton

18% of food businesses overall failed too

The Guardian’s analysis of food standard inspections around the country revealed that 18.3% of all food establishments in Luton failed their hygiene inspections. This means that Luton is in the top ten worst places in the UK for food hygiene ratings.

Out of the 938 registered food outlets, 172 of them had failed according to the Food Standard Agency (FSA). 73 businesses in the UK received the lowest mark of zero, 12 of which are in Luton.

Some of the places that failed their inspection are Grill Cottage, Viva Pizza, How Cha Noodle Bar, Ashcroft Fried Chicken, and Qurbani. The full list can be found here. 


However, there are popular places in Luton which passed with full marks. These include Burger King, Cookies and Cream, Curry Master, Domino’s pizza, and Ed’s Diner.

A breakdown of the results shows that 29% of takeaways and 16% of restaurants failed their FSA inspection.

When conducting inspections, the FSA looks out for how hygienically the food is handled, the condition of the structure of the buildings and how the business manages what it does to make sure food is safe.

The end result is then figured out through a combination of these factors. On a scale from zero to five, anything that ranks two or lower has failed their inspection.