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FOOD LION, INC. FACT SHEET INACCURACIES OF ABC'S 'PRIMETIME LIVE' SEGMENT WHICH AIRED NOV. 5, 1992

 FOOD LION, INC. FACT SHEET


INACCURACIES OF ABC'S 'PRIMETIME LIVE' SEGMENT WHICH AIRED NOV. 5, 1992
 SALISBURY, N.C., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement issued by Food Lion, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: FDLN):
 ACTIONS WE ARE TAKING:
 Food Lion stands behind our stringent policies and procedures
 and believes ABC has created news, not reported news. But
 Food Lion takes each of these allegations very seriously,
 and is promptly and thoroughly reviewing each and every one.
 We have immediately begun to investigate the charges by visits
 to the stores featured in interviews with employees to get the
 facts. Rest assured we will take every action to ensure our
 customers receive the highest quality product at the lowest
 possible price.
 1. Estbalish more stringent periodic testing of employees to
 ensure complete and clear understanding of all of Food Lion's
 policies and procedures.
 2. Increase internal and external audits and internal inspections
 by management to ensure that these policies and procedures
 are rigorously implemented.
 3. Continue to ensure that if there is ever any problem in any
 of our stores, anywhere, at any time, we fix it. And we always
 will. And you have Food Lion's word on it.
 FOOD HANDLING AND SANITATION MISREPRESENTATIONS:
 1. Nine day old meat loaf would be black. It would be severely
 discolored after four days.
 We never see the actual before and after shot of the date for
 the products in question. All we see are pictures of products.
 They don't show what the dates are and if they are out of date
 or not.
 2. Beef America was shown, but it was Montford Beef that was
 shipped 6-7 weeks old in vacuum sealed packages, which is well
 within the allotted 12-14 week time period. This was confirmed
 in a Texas A&M University study.
 3. In the meat department all we hear is a person say to unwrap a
 package. Our POLICY is to unwrap packages before we throw meat
 away, so we never see if the meat isn't really thrown away.
 We hear fragmented instructions designed to portray something
 that may not have happened!
 4. The program is riddled with inaccuracies such as:
 -- We have never carried Colombo yogurt
 -- We have never carried Healthy Choice Lunch meats
 5. ABC said that state health department inspections gloss over
 food handling problems which is absolutely untrue. The truth is
 that we have an average consistent rating of 94 percent in the
 states which use a numerical rating system.
 6. What you see does not match what you hear.
 A product is followed, supposedly where we keep changing the
 date and offering the product for sale. But the product shown
 keeps changing! In one case they mention chicken dated again
 and again, but where chicken LEGS are shown one time -- chicken
 BREASTS are shown in the next frame.
 In ONE frame they show a rectangular shaped piece of fish and in
 the NEXT frame a wrapped piece of fish with a tail.
 The program claims a particular piece of meat is outdated but we
 NEVER see the date and NEVER see what really happens to the
 meat. The employee is standing by the bone can and we don't
 know if the meat is REPACKAGED, and SOLD or THROWN AWAY. THEY
 NEVER SHOW US.
 7. The Clorox charge is ridiculous.
 UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKER'S UNION:
 1. The story is based primarily on UFCW union plants:
 -- 65 of the 70 people were supplied by the UFCW.
 -- 6 of the 7 UFCW people identified in the story are involved
 in UFCW initiated lawsuits against Food Lion, or have been
 documented working with the UFCW.
 -- Joe Sultan, the former perishable manager, was reprimanded
 for poor conditions in his department and fired for
 actually requiring his people to work off-the-clock.
 -- Bryan Rogers, former produce manager, denigrates our
 produce, yet we have a cancelled check of his, showing that
 he actually shopped in a Food Lion store the evening
 "PrimeTime Live" aired.
 2. "PrimeTime Live's" star witness -- Jean Bull discusses pork
 with slime, yet she and her parents shop at Food Lion each
 week. She was reprimanded for passing bad checks, and has a
 lawsuit against our company.
 ABC'S "PRIMETIME LIVE":
 1. Diane Sawyer lied. She said we refused to be interviewed
 unless they did not air the hidden video tape. The truth is
 that we offered Tom Smith, President and CEO, live, or on an
 unedited tape so they wouldn't distort our statement.
 2. ABC has lied before. In Shepherd, et. al, Plaintiffs, the judge
 found that ABC had destroyed critical documents, manufactured
 evidence, harassed witnesses, and filed false affidavits.
 3. The judge ruled today, Nov. 6, 1992, that Food Lion's case
 against ABC can proceed with discovery, over ABC's strenuous
 objections.
 -0- 11/6/92
 /CONTACT: Mike Mozingo, Food Lion, Inc., 704-633-8250, ext. 2575/
 (FDLN) CO: Food Lion, Inc., ABC ST: North Carolina IN: REA SU:


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