Thousands of restaurants and food outlets including branches of Pizza Hut and a Marco Pierre White venue have been found to be unhygienic for customers, a Times investigation discovered.
Analysis of more than 250,000 food establishments in the UK shows that one in 20 — 13,000 — were given a failing hygiene rating by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
A further 2,500 food businesses in Scotland, where an alternative system is used, have been told they must improve to achieve a pass.
Businesses in Wales and Northern Ireland are legally obliged to display their rating in a visible place to customers before they enter.
There is no such requirement in England or Scotland. Even those scoring a zero out of five are allowed to continue…