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El Super Issues Statement Against Unsafe Business Practices Allegations

El Super Markets has a location at 5610 York Blvd. in Highland Park.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
El Super Markets wants to set the record straight against a recent statement that its' stores carry products that pose hazards to public health.

The response comes after a group—including members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union—claimed a survey they conducted in the chain's Southern California stores showed dozens of dairy, meat, eggs and milk products for sale that were expired or past their due date. This survey was released on Tuesday.

Officials at El Super Markets issued the following statement to Patch via email:

“El Super and the union representing a small number of our stores are currently in the process of negotiating a new labor agreement. Our approach to reaching a fair contract is to meet and bargain at the negotiating table. Unions often take a different approach. Rather than meet us at the table, the Union focused its time and energy on creating an event today for the media, in an attempt to harm the company by scaring our customers with false and deceptive allegations. During labor disputes, a lot of claims get made, often without any basis in fact. This is no exception. While the union wants today’s event to appear to stem from the community, reality is that it was a union orchestrated event and the allegations which were raised are meritless and unwarranted. Our stores are heavily regulated by various health authorities who are continually inspecting our stores and our products. Our record speaks for itself and shows that we constantly receive amongst the highest scores in our industry. While it is unfortunate that the union would choose to engage in these false and unproductive attacks rather than meet us at the table, they will not alter El Super’s goal of reaching a fair and equitable contract for our employees in the shortest possible time.”

Also read: Consumer Advocates Say El Super Markets Pose Hazards to Public Health
Larry February 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Yeah that story had union stink all over it.
nonoise February 22, 2014 at 01:12 PM
The news story said it was all blown up because they are trying to get unionized.
Nimby pimp February 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM
It's unheard of that any business enterprise would take advantage of low income, Spanish-language dominant consumers!
Vickie Junger February 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM
Wish the store on York Bl, get it together, and get more cashiers. I know more ppl who don't go shopping cause the very long lines. They have more pll wondering around the store that should know how to cashier.
Fernando lopez February 24, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Unions are good for the workers. If you disagree your either a billionaire or done really know what a union can do for a workers and their families. Much love to the non-unions. But union's work.
Fernando lopez February 24, 2014 at 12:28 AM
Get organized...
Fernando lopez February 24, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Its amazing that an editor of this paper is being so biased. Hmmmm...
nails4breakfast February 24, 2014 at 03:21 PM
So Larry, did the NBC 4 I-Team investigation corroborating the community and consumer organizations' allegations about expired food at El Super stores have broadcast news "stink" all over it, too? Unions don't sell expired food.

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