A TAKEAWAY at Merry Hill shopping centre has been handed a new five-out-of-five food hygiene rating.

Sizzled, in Eat Central Food Court at the centre in Brierley Hill, was given the maximum score after assessment on February 12, the Food Standards Agency's website shows.

It means that of Dudley's 282 takeaways with ratings, 122 (43 per cent) have ratings of five and none have zero ratings.

Ratings are published on the Food Standards Agency’s website which rates businesses from zero to five so customers can make more informed choices about where to buy and eat food.

A rating of five means hygiene standards are very good, four means hygiene standards are good, three means hygiene standards are generally satisfactory, two means some improvement is necessary, a rating of one means major improvement is necessary and a rating of zero means urgent improvement is required.

People can see the results of all food hygiene inspections via Dudley Council’s website or on the national ratings.food.gov.uk website.