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EPA and Giant Food Team Up To Promote Children's Environmental Health and Safety

Release Date: 06/09/2004
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Enesta Jones, 202-564-7873 /

(06/09/04) Beginning this month, Giant Food is promoting summer environmental health and safety awareness for children in all of its stores as part of a year-long campaign. Giant Food’s Kid’s Corner Activity Sheet will be devoted to teaching children about air quality and sun safety. The Air Quality Index, or AQI, is a simple color-coded system that tells the public how clean the air is and whether there are any people who may be at risk of experiencing health effects. The Ultraviolet (UV) Index is a tool used by EPA, the National Weather Service and weather reporters around the country since 1994 to report the day’s risk level of UV exposure. Each store will also display EPA's sun safety poster. On June 4, EPA and Giant Food staff participated in the nationally syndicated Joe Madison Radio show highlighting the importance of understanding air quality and the UV indices. Giant Food’s consumer advisor, Odonna Mathews, will discuss summer health and safety information for children in her column on June 13. Beginning in July, one-quart milk cartons will feature information about AQI and the UV Index. These activities are part of Giant Food’s year-long effort to increase public awareness about children’s environmental health issues. In March, Giant Food focused on safety issues around mercury fever thermometers. EPA is providing technical assistance with the entire campaign. Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 198 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. For information about AQI or the UV Index, visit: or