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DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST FOOD LION MUST STOP; VP SAYS COMPANY NOT SEEKING TO STOP AIRING OF PRIMETIME LIVE

 DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN AGAINST FOOD LION MUST STOP;
 VP SAYS COMPANY NOT SEEKING TO STOP AIRING OF PRIMETIME LIVE
 SALISBURY, N.C., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Food Lion, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: FDLN) today issued the following statement:
 Food Lion's lawsuit against ABC was not filed to seek a restraining order to stop them from airing a potentially damaging show about the company, according to Vince Watkins, vice president, special projects. A number of articles have appeared claiming the company has filed suit against ABC to prevent them from airing a story on Food Lion, which is false. The company is seeking only to view a tape obtained illegally by ABC -- leaving open the options with respect to that possibly concocted film -- and to collect damages from the network.
 Said Watkins, "It is apparent to us that there is someone spreading lies about our company, and the misinformation about this lawsuit is just one example -- we've uncovered other examples, like forged documents and pamphlets to Members of Congress. We want the American public to know that our lawsuit against ABC is not intended to stop the network from airing its program against us and it never was. The truth is that an ABC producer broke the law in order to concoct a story and we just think they should live by the same rules the rest of us do. What really makes us angry is that if an issue as clear as this lawsuit can be distorted just imagine what kind of distortions will be in the program.
 Food Lion filed suit against ABC on Sept. 18 after it was discovered that Lynn Litt, a producer for PrimeTime Live had falsified an employment application in order to get a job with Food Lion's meat department. She then arranged to work alone late one evening and apparently concocted and taped footage for the program. Some legal experts believe the case could set a precedent for establishing the boundaries on whether so-called news programs -- or any news organization -- are permitted to break the law in order to gather sensational film for their programs.
 "If Food Lion had something to hide we would not be inviting reporters from newspapers and TV stations across the country to come into our stores. The truth is we have nothing to hide. Our stores are clean and we want the public to know it," Watkins concluded.
 Food Lion is the nation's fastest growing supermarket chain with more than 950 stores in 14 states.
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 /CONTACT: Mike Mozingo or Vince Watkins, both of Food Lion, 704-633-8250, ext. 2332/
 (FDLN) CO: Food Lion, Inc.; ABC ST: North Carolina IN: REA SU:


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