Giant Eagle Earns Ecolab Science Certified Seal for Safety

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With public awareness of cleanliness higher than ever since the onset of COVID-19, Giant Eagle has brought science into the equation to ensure safe shopping and working environments for customers and employees.

Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle said it joined the Ecolab Science Certified Program, which establishes safe cleaning practices across the company by combining hospital-grade disinfectants and other sanitizers with public health and food safety training and procedures as well as periodic audits. The regional grocer announced last week that it had earned the official Ecolab Science Certified seal after passing an independent audit conducted by St. Paul, Minn.-based Ecolab.

The science-based program is designed to help food retailers achieve a higher standard of “front-of-house to back-of-house” cleanliness and reflects insights from Ecolab’s proprietary consumer research, according to Giant Eagle. For example, 72% of frequent grocers surveyed said they felt “very safe” or “extremely safe” knowing hospital disinfectants were being used. And even though most Americans are now vaccinated against COVID-19, Ecolab research found that 95% of consumers want to see as much or more cleaning and sanitizing practices in everyday places like grocery stores. , restaurants and hotels.

“Creating a safe and comfortable environment for team members and guests has always been a top priority at Giant Eagle and has allowed us to significantly help our communities through the COVID-19 pandemic over the past two years,” Vic Vercammen, vice president of risk and chief compliance officer at Giant Eagle, said in a statement. “We prioritize identifying various industry-leading partners to ensure we maintain the highest health and safety standards and view our achievement of the Ecolab Science Certified program as proof that we are fulfilling our responsibility. to all those we serve. »

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The Ecolab Science Certified seal lets customers “see and believe” that advanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures are being used, Giant Eagle said.

Participants in the Ecolab Science Certified program use hospital disinfectants and food contact disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for cleaning against the COVID-19 virus and other emerging pathogens and use high hygiene standards and protocols in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reports Giant Eagle. Other elements of the program include detailed public health and food safety training and audits by Ecolab specialists to ensure science-based certification measures are followed and allow customers to “see and believe » advanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures via display of the Ecolab Science Certified seal. .

“Through the Ecolab Science Certified program, we are helping key foodservice and hospitality leaders like Giant Eagle meet new consumer expectations and promote cleaner, safer practices,” commented Adam Johnson, Vice president and general manager of Ecolab’s food retail business. “We look forward to working with Giant Eagle to build consumer confidence as they put our scientific expertise to work.”

Overall, Giant Eagle operates approximately 475 food and convenience stores, including more than 200 supermarkets, in western Pennsylvania, north-central Ohio, northern West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. Other food retailers participating in the Ecolab Science Certified program include Ingles Markets, Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy, Cub Foods, Coborn’s, Bristol Farms and Lazy Acres. In February, the National Grocers Association, the trade association for the independent supermarket sector, named Ecolab as a food safety partner.

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