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H.J. HEINZ, STAR-KIST AFFILIATES PAY $500,000 SETTLEMENT

 LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by Compania Mexicana de Tunidos, S.A. de C.V.:
 H.J. Heinz Co. of Pittsburgh, and two if its affiliates, Star-Kist Foods Inc. of Long Beach, Calif., and Star-Kist Caribe Inc. of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, have paid $500,000 to settle legal claims brought against them by three Mexican tuna fishing companies. The case stems from Star- Kist's April 1990 adoption of its so-called "dolphin-safe" tuna procurement policy.
 The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in April 1991 by Compania Mexicana de Tunidos, S.A.; Pesquerias del Pacifico, S.A.; and Servicios de Pesca, S.A. for breach of contract against Star-Kist. The three Mexican tuna fishing companies sought damages from Star-Kist after Star-Kist discontinued purchasing tuna from the fishing companies, despite a contract that was in force at the time Star-Kist announced its new purchasing policy.
 The court granted a summary judgment in favor of the Mexican tuna fishing companies, finding that Star-Kist's unilateral imposition of its "dolphin-safe" procurement policy constituted a breach of contract. The $500,000 settlement payment concludes all legal proceedings.
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 /CONTACT: Roger W. Rosendahl, 213-892-7351, or Robert E. Campbell, 213-892-7311, both of Baker & McKenzie/


CO: H.J. Heinz; Star-Kist Foods Inc.; Star-Kist Caribe Inc.;
 Compania Mexicana de Tunidos, S.A.; ST: California, Pennsylvania IN: FOD SU:


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