|Chicken wings for under $2.30 a pound at Costco Wholesale.|
By VICTOR E. SASSON
Kirkland Signature is the premium house brand at Costco Wholesale, but members are discovering the quality of products carrying that name isn't always the highest.
Last week, my wife came home with a 10-pound bag of Kirkland Signature Chicken Wings for $22.99 or less than $2.30 a pound, an unusually low price when compared to supermarket wings.
For a reason that eludes me, supermarkets charge more for chicken wings than for other, meatier parts, including drumsticks and thighs.
But with the Kirkland Signature wings, only the price is special.
The wings are from chickens raised on antibiotics that have proven harmful to humans.
The same can be said of Costco's wildly popular, fully cooked Kirkland Signature Rotisserie Chicken, which is raised on antibiotics and non-vegetarian feed.
The ingredients label of Costco's rotisserie chicken should give you pause.
It doesn't make sense for Costco to sell inferior chicken wings and rotisserie chicken under the Kirkland Signature label side by side with other, high-quality products, including:
Preservative-free, smoked wild sockeye salmon from Alaska; a spread made from organic fresh strawberries, and organic diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Kirkland Signature also offers premium Green Tea Matcha Blend from Ito En, made with 100% Japanese tea leaves; organic low-fat milk and other items.
When my wife wanted to buy more chicken wings from Costco, I told her to get antibiotic-free Empire kosher chicken.
But she couldn't find any Empire wings, and I couldn't find antibiotic-free or organic wings at the Paramus ShopRite.
The first time my wife brought home the Kirkland Signature wings she said she has assumed all along that Costco sells only naturally raised food at low prices.
Sadly, she is mistaken. Costco is not above trying to hide low quality under its Kirkland Signature label.