Darlington pub landlord pleads not guilty to salmonella outbreak charge (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Darlington pub landlord pleads not guilty to salmonella outbreak charge
3:02pm Tuesday 12th March 2013 in News
A PUB landlord has appeared in court in connection with an outbreak of salmonella that left six people in hospital.
Phillip Armstrong, who runs the Copper Beech, in Neasham Road, Darlington, pleaded not guilty to a charge of placing unsafe food injurious to health on the market at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, March 12).
The court heard that Mr Armstrong’s plea has been entered under the defence of due diligence, which argues that he took all reasonable steps to prevent a potential outbreak.
The charge relates to a period between June 2 and 19 last year when 31 people fell ill as a result of salmonella food poisoning after eating at the pub.
A case management hearing will be held in the same court on March 26, ahead of a three-day trial.
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