The owners of a family butchers at the centre of an alleged E. coli outbreak have denied food hygiene breaches.
Janet Bell and Trevor Robinson appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court charged with seven offences relating to Robinson’s butchers in Billingham.
Fifteen people became infected with the bug in July 2015, Public Health England said.
The pair deny selling meat unfit for human consumption and will appear at Teesside Crown Court on 14 February.
Ten people needed hospital treatment and seven developed serious kidney conditions.