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STATEMENT BY TOM E. SMITH, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF FOOD LION IN RESPONSE TO ABC'S PRIMETIME LIVE FOOD LION SEGMENT NOVEMBER 5, 1992

 STATEMENT BY TOM E. SMITH, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF FOOD LION IN RESPONSE TO ABC'S PRIMETIME LIVE FOOD LION SEGMENT NOVEMBER 5, 1992
 SALISBURY, N.C., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement issued by President and CEO of Food Lion, Tom E. Smith:
 The American people should be aware of the lengths to which tabloid television has stooped tonight in ABC's "PrimeTime Live" effort to smear Food Lion. I know that we've been brought up to believe that because we saw it with our own eyes, it must be true, especially if a big network says so. But with today's video magic, its easy to concoct the news. We believe that the American public is too smart to be easily fooled and that you deserve the truth. Here it is.
 1. A PrimeTime producer fraudulently and illegally gained employment and access to our meat department in order to work late and alone where she created a mess and filmed the mess. Food Lion has filed suit against ABC for this outrageous act to harm the decent people of Food Lion. These lies have got to stop.
 2. They accepted a false memorandum from a forger pretending to be Barry Dyson -- a former Food Lion distribution center manager. We have the testimony of a handwriting expert, and Mr. Dyson's word, that the memo is not his. These lies have got to stop.
 3. They made you believe that shipping six week old, vacuum packed beef from Texas, to sell on the East Coast, was bad. Yet, a Texas A&M study has said that the shelf life of beef packaged this way is safe for up to 12-14 weeks. These lies have got to stop.
 4. They claimed that Food Lion uses baking soda or clorox on "bad" meat to "take away the smell." Besides the obvious silliness of this charge, we serve 8 million customers a week, and we have had zero complaints on anything resembling these outrageous claims. These lies have got to stop.
 5. They said they interviewed 70 people -- 65 of which are angry current and former employees whose names the United Food and Commercial Workers Union bragged about supplying to ABC...right here in this article. This Union has been consistently rejected by our employees yet the UFCW has declared its intention to drive Food Lion out of business anyway. These lies have got to stop.
 6. By ABC's own admission, state health departments say that our sanitation records are "on a par with other chains." In many cases, our rating far exceed unionized competitors. And that's the truth.
 These illegal acts against our company, accepting forged memos, the lies about our meat safety, the silly charges of clorox on bad ham, and the use of stooges for the UFCW Union, go far beyond the bounds of a so- called responsible TV network. This stuff belongs in the tabloids, along with Elvis and UFO sightings.
 -0- 11/5/92
 /CONTACT: Brian Peace of Food Lion, 703-519-0800/ CO: Food Lion ST: North Carolina IN: FOD SU:


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