Loblaws store at 650 Dupont Street, Toronto receives a green pass from Toronto Public Health

    BRAMPTON, ON, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - Loblaw Companies Limited is pleased to
announce that the Loblaws store located at 650 Dupont Street, Toronto, has
passed its inspection from Toronto Public Health, at 12:30 p.m. today.
    We are currently in the process of restocking all fresh food in the
store, taking an opportunity to retrain all store employees on processes and
procedures, and preparing the store for reopening.
    All customers who wish to return products to the store can do so at the
customer service desk for a full refund when the store reopens. We encourage
our customers who have any questions about products and our refund policy to
please contact Loblaw Customer Service at 1-800-296-2332 or
    We would like to reassure you that Loblaw Companies is committed to
providing our customers with a clean and safe store environment and offering
products that are produced, sourced and handled responsibly. Upon reopening,
to demonstrate this, we will conduct store audits every 48 hours by an
independent third party.
    We regret any inconvenience or concern that this may have caused our
valued customers.
    The store underwent a rigorous sanitization process to ensure a clean and
safe store environment. Our food safety team reviewed all products in the
store and ensured that any products deemed at risk were removed. Pest control
processes and procedures were reviewed and enhanced.
    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.
    For additional health concerns about products purchased at this location,
please contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 or www.toronto.ca/health.
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.
    Loblaw will be hosting a media scrum at 4:15 p.m. today EST at the Dupont
Loblaw store at 650 Dupont Street, Toronto.

    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, mobile: (416) 509-7804 or Julija.hunter@loblaw.ca

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