Maldon is one of the best areas in the country for food hygiene.

A report by consumer organisation Which? listed Maldon District Council as the tenth best local authority in the UK for the service it provides to ensure the food consumers eat is safe.

Which? used information collected by the Food Standards Agency on the number of premises ranked as high or medium risk which are broadly compliant with food hygiene ratings, how many were yet to receive a rating and the percentage of follow ups that had been carried out by council inspectors when poor standards had been uncovered.

All businesses preparing or serving food have to comply with food hygiene standards, including factories that make ready meals, supermarkets, hospitals, care homes, restaurants, schools and takeaways.