NEW food hygiene ratings have been awarded to restaurants and takeaways across the city.

Dozens of restaurants, pubs, bars, nightclubs and food outlets in Brighton and Hove have had their inspection results listed on the Food Standards Agency’s website.

What do the numbers mean?

• Zero – Urgent improvement necessary. There is one outlet with this rating.

• One – Major improvements necessary. There are 31 outlets with this rating.

• Two – Improvements necessary. There are 24 outlets with this rating.

• Three – Generally Satisfactory. There are 120 outlets with this rating.

• Four – Good on assessment. There are 437 outlets with this rating.

• Five – Seen as very good. There are 1,908 outlets with this rating.

The following outlets received a rating of four:

• Kebab And Doner Mania, 104 Western Road, Brighton: rated on January 21.

• Surf 'N' Fries, 14 London Road, Brighton; rated on January 27

•Sunbirds, 109 London Road, Brighton, Brighton; rated on January 25

The following outlets received a rating of three

• Mighty Bites At The Garden Bar, 324 Portland Road, Hove; rated on January 22

• Honey's Café, 27 Ladies Mile Road, Brighton; rated on January 28

The following outlets received a rating of two:

• Plate At The Park Crescent, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, Brighton: rated on January 20

Businesses which are given low ratings of zero or one must make urgent or major improvements to hygiene standards.

The local authority food safety officer has several enforcement options available and gives advice and guidance to make sure these improvements are made.

The food safety officer will also tell the business how quickly these improvements must be made and this will depend on the type of issue that needs to be addressed.

If the officer finds a business’s hygiene standards are very poor and there is an imminent risk to public health, when food may be unsafe to eat, the officer must act to ensure consumers are protected.

This could result in stopping part of the business or closing it down until it is safe.