News Release
 May 20, 2005
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz

Williamsville, NY - Tops Markets has announced that it is partnering with the Food Marketing Institute and the Partnership for Food Safety Education in Project Chill, a national effort to educate consumers on the importance of maintaining proper home refrigerator temperatures. Keeping a home refrigerator at 40 F or less is effective in helping to prevent all forms of food-borne diseases.

As part of Project Chill, certified refrigerator thermometers will be available for sale at all Tops locations for a cost ranging from $5.54 to $7.39. These thermometers, by Farberware, will be available in the seafood, meat and deli departments.

"There is a growing need to use certified refrigerator thermometers to make sure home refrigerators maintain temperatures of 40 F or less," stated Larry Kohl, director of food safety and regulatory affairs, Tops Markets. "Keeping your refrigerator at the proper temperature reduces the risk of contracting all types of food-borne illnesses, particularly Listeriosis - one of the most lethal of all food-borne diseases."

Listeriosis is a disease with flu-like symptoms caused by the pathogenic bacterium. Listeria monocytogenes, which is carried on "ready to eat" foods people assume are safe to eat directly out of the package with no further cooking. Maintaining home refrigerator temperatures is the best way to lessen your risk of listeriosis.

Tops Markets, LLC, headquartered in Williamsville, NY is one of four retail operating companies under Ahold USA and is a division of Giant Food Stores in Carlisle, PA. Tops currently operates 152 Tops Markets and 2 Martin's Super Food Stores. With nearly 18,000 associates, Tops serves a three state market area. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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