A study has revealed the UK's most hygienic supermarket chain.
Years ago, a trip to the supermarket could be a leisurely, or even pleasurable, experience. But since the dawn of Covid-19, the food shop has become like a military operation, as we don masks and hand sanitiser in a bid to leave with our groceries and without coronavirus.
As such, the importance of good hygiene in supermarkets is of paramount importance, and so Property Inspect decided to determine which UK supermarket chain is the most hygienic.
The inspection software company identified the proportion of each supermarket’s stores that received a maximum rating of five in their latest Food Standards Agency (FSA) inspection.
Coming out on top, with 99.73 percent of its 744 stores rated a five, was German discount supermarket Aldi.
It was followed by Waitrose at 98.24 percent and M&S at 96.72 percent.
Aldi UK communications director Richard Thornton said: "Customer and colleague safety remains the number one priority in all our stores across the UK, and we take pride in meeting the highest standards.
"Our top rating in this latest analysis of the Food Standards Agency hygiene scheme is thanks to the excellent work of our store teams in ensuring all Aldi stores are clean, safe and welcoming for the millions of customers that shop at Aldi."
Just out of the medal places in fourth was Sainsbury's, followed by Iceland, Lidl, Tesco and Morrisons.
And bringing up the rear was Co-op with 88.64 percent of stores rated a five, and Asda with 89.62 percent rated a five.
LADbible has contacted Co-op for comment.
The study also found that only 0.88 percent of all supermarkets in the UK had a rating of three or below.
As well as being the most hygienic supermarket, Aldi is also the cheapest supermarket for buying Christmas dinner, followed closely by Asda, Lidl and Tesco, according to an annual survey by consumer group Which?.
Shoppers can buy 10 ingredients for their festive meal including turkey, stuffing, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding for six for under £30 at the four supermarkets, the watchdog found.
The snapshot analysis found the basket of festive food was £28.17 at Aldi, a full £15.35 (54 percent) cheaper than Waitrose.
Aldi was also £1.29 (five percent) cheaper than its fellow discounter rival Lidl.
Asda was second cheapest for this year’s turkey and all the trimmings, with the list of essentials costing £28.49, just 32p (one percent) more than Aldi.