A pub in Darlington has stopped serving food after a number of food poisoning claims at the eatery.
Four people have required hospital treatment and a further 15 experienced illness following an outbreak of salmonella at the Copper Beach pub in Neasham Road, the Northern Echo reports.
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is investigating the issue and said it believes the outbreak has been contained.
A pub spokesman revealed the kitchens were closed immediately and will remain shut until the source of the infection is identified.
Between June 2nd and 19th, there was a total of 19 confirmed and one suspected food poisoning cases among people who had eaten at the ale house.
A HPA spokeswoman noted: "The number of cases may increase if we receive further reports of illness dating back to the period before the control measures were introduced."
She explained there is no longer an ongoing public health risk posed by food served at the venue.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson