Costco Clucks About Poultry, Beef Recalls in California and Canada


Costco (NASDAQ:COST) locations in both the U.S. and Canada are experiencing issues in their meat and poultry departments, and over the weekend, the problems went from bad to worse.

It began with a Costco wholesale store in San Francisco, California late last week when the retailer recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of its rotisserie chicken products. The food was highlighted as a possible link to the current salmonella outbreak that has now affected more than 300 people in 20 different states, and according to NBC News, the Costco store on El Camino Real was thus forced to pull 8,730 Kirkland Signature Foster Farms rotisserie chickens from its shelves Saturday, along with 313 units of Kirkland Farm rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters, and rotisserie chicken salad.

Unfortunately, the recalls didn’t stop there. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also announced the same day that Costco Wholesale Canada was recalling its Kirkland Signature brand Organic Lean Ground Beef on the grounds that it was also possibly linked to the E. coli contamination.