PRESS: HIDE AND GO SUE

WILL FOOD LION'S LAWSUIT AGAINST PRIMETIME LIVE SQUELCH TV'S AGGRESSIVE UNDERCOVER REPORTERS?

On Nov. 5, 1992, ABC's Primetime Live aired a segment charging the Food Lion supermarket chain with the kind of bad housekeeping that would cause Martha Stewart to faint. Armed with hidden cameras, PrimeTime producers posing as food handlers infiltrated several Food Lion stores to expose alleged wrongdoings, including repackaging old chicken with cosmetically enhancing barbecue sauce and falsifying expiration dates. In addition to disturbing footage, PrimeTime aired interviews with seven current and former Food Lion employees who gave firsthand accounts of the chain's unsanitary handling practices. Moreover, PrimeTime anchor Diane Sawyer noted that producers had collected similar horror stories from...

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