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PROCTER & GAMBLE ISSUES STATEMENT

                   PROCTER & GAMBLE ISSUES STATEMENT
    CINCINNATI, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)


issued the following statement today in response to questions raised by inaccuracies in a story in The Wall Street Journal on Nov. 15, 1991:
    "Our Company will continue to use Salvadoran coffee beans in all of our coffees whenever appropriate for blend quality reasons," said Edwin L. Artzt, chairman and chief executive of Procter & Gamble.  "We will not, under any circumstances, withhold Salvadoran coffee from any of our brands as a means of indirectly boycotting Salvadoran coffee.  That has been, and continues to be, our Company policy.  Simply put, we are not going to produce 'boycott coffee' for anybody."
    P&G sells many coffee products.  Historically, some of the Company's coffees have normally contained no Salvadoran beans.  While we are glad to offer any of our coffee brands to any customer, we cannot guarantee that these coffees will not contain Salvadoran beans in the future where required for the blend.
    P&G, the other leading U.S. coffee companies and a broad range of important and respected groups continue to believe that the United Nations-mediated peace talks, not a boycott, are the right way to achieve peace and justice in El Salvador.
    The recent breakthrough peace accord and the encouraging, ongoing negotiations are proving this position correct.  We now hope a final peace settlement is reached soon.  In fact, the New York Times reports today on the latest positive developments in the talks in a page-one story headlined: "Salvador Rebels to Halt Attacks; Government Sees an End to War."
    "The boycotters are trying to force us to stop buying Salvadoran coffee by pressuring our customers," Artzt said.  "It's not working, and it's not going to work.  The central point here is that this type of activity does nothing to help the people of El Salvador or advance the cause of peace in that country."
    Further, the U.S. State Department and others close to the delicate peace negotiations believe a coffee boycott would destabilize the process and possibly set back the significant progress already made.  If the boycotters really want peace in El Salvador, they should support the peace process, not undermine it.
    -0-                        11/15/91
    /CONTACT:  Donald P. Tassone of Procter & Gamble, 513-983-4271/
    (PG) CO:  Procter & Gamble ST:  Ohio IN:  HOU SU: KK -- CL006 -- 1665 11/15/91 15:31 EST
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