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VINDICATOR, INC. RESPONDS TO ACTIVISTS' REPORT

 TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Vindicator, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIFL) announced today that a press release issued this week by a Vermont-based activist group was erroneous and misstated facts concerning the company's business and customers.
 Sam Whitney, chairman and president of Vindicator, the nation's only food irradiation processor, said allegations by Food and Water Inc. that a North Miami Beach food market had ceased selling irradiated chicken were completely false.
 David Laurenzo, manager of Laurenzo's Market, said he takes strong objection to the suggestion of the acitivist group that his store has stopped selling irradiated chickens. "When irradiated poultry is available to us, we will offer this product to our valued customers. We believe our customers deserve a clear choice."
 Laurenzo said he wants to offer his customers a choice between poultry that is not bacteria free or poultry that has been processed by proven technology that renders it 99.99 percent salmonella free.
 Whitney said Vindicator is assessing the need for immediate legal action agains Food and Water Inc., which continues to make threats against other processors and retailers who seek to offer irradiated food.
 Vindicator's stock price closed down $1 to 8 1/4 Thursday following the published report.
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 /CONTACT: Sam Whitney of Vindicator, 813-752-3364; or Harry Costello of Hill and Knowlton, 813-221-0030, for Vindicator/
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