AN INDIAN takeaway has been hit with the lowest food hygiene score following a recent inspection.

Asha Indian, on Holden Road in Leigh, was given the minimum score after an assessment on September 30, the Food Standards Agency's website shows.

From a score of zero to five, food hygiene ratings are given to food handling businesses after an inspection has assessed how well they comply with food safety laws.

The rating reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of the inspection by the local authority.

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Asha's assessment found that major improvement is necessary for the cleanliness and condition of the building and its management of food safety.

Improvements are also noted to be necessary for the business' hygienic food handling, the inspection report shows.

A zero food hygiene rating also suggests that the business could be putting people's health at immediate risk.

Asha serves a range of curries, specials, exclusive Balti and 'Asha' collections, and side orders.

Its new hygiene rating makes it the only business out of 317 takeaways across the Wigan borough to receive a zero rating.