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STOUFFER FOODS RESPONDS TO PLAIN DEALER INACCURACIES

 SOLON, Ohio, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Several inaccuracies appeared in this morning's "Plain Dealer" article regarding a food composting program taking place at Kurtz Brothers Recycling in Valley View, Ohio. This statement will provide clarification.
 In the period July through October 1992, Stouffer Foods Corporation worked with Kurtz Brothers to compost scrap pasta from its Solon frozen food production facility. This composting of pasta products is a test, the first of its type in the state of Ohio and is sanctioned by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, the Ohio EPA and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health have monitored this test site monthly. Stouffer Foods has received no complaints regarding odor from the compost site.
 The aim of the test is to find an acceptable alternative to landfilling waste materials, an action which is mandated by Ohio House Bill 592. This bill requires a 25 percent reduction in landfill by year-end 1994, using 1989 landfill records as a base. Stouffer Foods already has met this mandate.
 Several additional, important, points:
 -- The food materials composted in this test program are scrap pasta, generated during production. The amount of pasta scraps composted is equivalent to only two truckloads -- not 200 truckloads of lasagna, as the "Plain Dealer" reported. The scraps consist solely of pasta noodles -- no sauce, no cheese, no meat.
 -- Finished food items, which for one reason or another do not meet Stouffer's high standards of quality but are still wholesome, are donated to a variety of organizations. Stouffer Foods contributes significant amounts of frozen foods regularly to the Cleveland Food Bank and to Second Harvest, the national alliance of food banks throughout the U.S. Stouffer Foods also provides regular food contributions to approximately 45 charitable organizations throughout the greater Cleveland area which provide health and human services assistance to individuals in need.
 -- Stouffer Foods, in 1992, recycled more than 10,000 tons of various materiaffer Foods Corporation.
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 /CONTACT: Roz O'Hearn, Stouffer Foods Corporation, 216-349-5757, ext. 5612/


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