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ALASKA DEPT. OF ENVIROMENTAL CONSERVATION
ENVIROMENTAL SANITATION & FOOD SAFETY
Updated 3/12/99

STATEMENT ON REMOVAL AND RETURN OF RITE-AID BOTTLED WATER

CAMP HILL, Pa.-- Rite Aid Corporation has initiated a voluntary removal of Rite Aid brand drinking water from the shelves of 222 stores in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In addition, the company is encouraging customers who may have purchased this water to return the product to its stores for a full refund.

Rite Aid has identified a potential problem with the drinking water as a result of one customer complaint received by the company. Rite Aid has provided samples of the water to the manufacturer, Pure Water Corporation of Seattle, Washington, for testing and is awaiting results. At this time, we are unaware of any data indicating there is a safety problem with the drinking water.

However, as a precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our customers, Rite Aid is specifically asking customers to return bottles of water with the following dates stamped on the container: Rite Aid Drinking Water (1-gallon) best if used by 9/15/1999 Rite Aid Drinking Water (2 1/2-gallon) best if used by: 8/1/1999, 9/9/1999, 9/23/1999 and 1/25/2000.

Rite Aid is requesting that customers who purchased any of the above water return it to a Rite Aid store for a full refund. However, the company also will gladly accept the return of any Rite Aid brand bottled water, regardless of the dates stamped on the container.

Rite Aid has cancelled any further shipments of water from Pure Water Corporation, and is working with a new manufacturer to restock its Rite Aid brand waters as quickly as possible.

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The information contained herein has been obtained from sources that the Company believes to be reliable, however, the Company has not independently verified or confirmed the information and the recipient acknowledges that no representations or warranties are being made in connection with the use of the information.