Continued closure of Loblaws store at 650 Dupont Street, Toronto

    The store remains temporarily closed for rigorous sanitization to ensure
    a clean and safe environment for customers

    BRAMPTON, ON, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Loblaw Companies Limited continues to keep
its Loblaws store located at 650 Dupont Street, Toronto, closed following a
pest control inspection by Toronto Public Health.
    This isolated incident at this store was due to a combination of items,
including recent store construction, cold weather and the breakdown of the
pest control processes at the store.
    The store is currently undergoing an intense sanitization process. Our
food safety team is on-site and assessing all products for any potential
compromise to packaging. Any products at risk are being removed. Additionally,
pest control processes and procedures are being thoroughly reviewed and
enhanced. We are working closely with Toronto Public Health to ensure
compliance with regulations.
    According to Toronto Public Health the risk of food borne illness from
this type of situation is low. Undamaged pre-packaged and canned food
purchased from our store would not be a health concern. However, if a package
appears damaged, do not consume.
    We encourage any of our customers who have any health concerns about the
products they have purchased at this location, please contact or 416-338-7600.
    Additional questions about products and our refund policy can be directed
to Loblaw customer service at 1-800-296-2332 or
    The Dupont Loblaws store was last inspected in September 2008 and
received a green pass notice. No food safety violations were noted at that
time. Public Health has stated that the store has an excellent record of food
safety and the last 10 inspections have been in compliance.
    Loblaw Companies is committed to providing our customers with a clean and
safe store environment and offering products that are produced, manufactured
and sourced responsibly. We regret any inconvenience or concern that this may
have caused our valued customers and we would like to assure you that we are
taking swift action to resolve the situation.

    About Loblaw Companies Limited

    Loblaw Companies Limited, a subsidiary of George Weston Limited, is
Canada's largest food distributor and a leading provider of drugstore, general
merchandise and financial products and services. Loblaw is one of the largest
private sector employers in Canada. With more than 1,000 corporate and
franchised stores from coast to coast, Loblaw and its franchisees employ over
140,000 full-time and part-time employees. Through its portfolio of store
formats, Loblaw is committed to providing Canadians with a wide, growing and
successful range of products and services to meet the everyday household
demands of Canadian consumers. Loblaw is known for the quality, innovation and
value of its food offering. It offers Canada's strongest control (private)
label program, including the unique President's Choice(R), no name(R) and Joe
Fresh Style(R) brands. In addition, the Company makes available to consumers
President's Choice financial services and offers the PC points loyalty

For further information:

For further information: Julija Hunter, Sr. Director, Corporate Affairs,
(905) 459-2500, ext. 6078 or

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