Mohammed Abdul Kuddus, 39, and Harun Rashid, 38, appeared at Preston Crown Court and were charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Megan Lee.

Megan Lee, 15, died after she had an allergic reaction to the meal she had from the Royal Spice curry takeaway.

They appeared in front of a Judge only to confirm their name and address.

Their plea was not recorded, a date was set for another hearing on 4 May.

Megan Lee of Oswaldtwistle, died after she suffered an allergic reaction. She was taken to hospital but died after two days. Post mortem revealed the reason for death as acute asthma caused from nut allergy.

Karen Tonge, prosecuting at Blackburn Crown Court said Megan Lee was with family when she ordered food from the Royal Spice Takeaway.

Both men were charged with manslaughter, failing to comply with EU provisions concerning food safety and hygiene.

She added that the prosecution case will be that the alleged health and safety breaches amount to manslaughter.

Meghan Lee’s parent were present at the court.

In a statement released after her death, Megan’s parents said: ‘A role model, an inspiration, our princess, our Megan.

‘Our hearts are shattered at the sudden loss of our beautiful daughter.

‘Megan loved school and thoroughly enjoyed drama and musical theatre.

‘She immediately touched the hearts of everyone she ever met.

‘Megan was the kindest, most loving daughter and sister, who always wore the most beautiful and infectious smile.’

Giving the men conditional bail, Judge Mark Brown, The Honorary Recorder of Preston, said: “The purpose of this hearing is that I should give directions into the preparation and management of the case. I have fixed a trial date on October 2. However before then there will be a further plea and trial preparation hearing. That hearing will take place on May 4 and both of you are required to attend that hearing. In the meantime I grant both of you bail and the bail will be on the same conditions as hither to.”