A SUPERMARKET chain has denied breaking food hygiene laws.
The E. H. Booths group pleaded not guilty to 22 allegations centring on its flagship “Artisan” store on Haven Road, Lytham.
The accusations include three involving the sale of ox tongue infected with listeria.
The company has 28 stores across Lancashire, Cumbria, West and North Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.
It employs more than 3,000 staff and has an annual revenue of more than £270m.
The company, of Longridge Road, Ribbleton, Preston, is being prosecuted by Fylde Council.
Other allegations concern the management of food and its sell-by dates at the Lytham outlet.
The foods concerned are polish meat, cured beef, pate, sunblush tomatoes, pesto, cous cous and seafood salad.
There are also charges relating to fish – cod loin, smoked cod and haddock and kipper.
The remaining offences involve shellfish cockles, clams, mussels and live oysters.
District Judge Jeff Brailsford, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, said the case will last five days and he adjourned proceedings until August.