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It's not often that we're disappointed with the food we buy at Costco Wholesale, but occasionally we bring home a clunker or two.
I bought a 17.6-ounce package of Galil-brand 100% organic Roasted Chestnuts, opened them and then refrigerated them, as the package instructs. But when I opened the package this week, they were slimy and at least one had mold on it.
I don't have the receipt, but the expiration date on the package is 12/08/2012.
The chestnuts were from China, as were those in smaller packages I have purchased in years past from H Mart, the Korean supermarket chain.
On Tuesday, my wife asked me to pick up oxtails at Costco in Hackensack and I brought home a 4 pound-plus package that cost $18.68 ($4.49 a pound).
My mother-in-law trimmed the oxtails and split the bones, but there was so much fat and bone, what began as 4.16 pounds served only three people. I ate fish.
The fresh oxtails were from a company called Rumba ("Foods of the Soul").
I looked at the company Web site and found out Rumba is part of Cargill, one of the nation's biggest meat processors.
-- VICTOR E. SASSON