In a time when food banks and kitchens are crying for donations, Costco has decided to destroy food instead of donating it. As is being reported today, March 28, 2014, at MSN Money, the retail food market Costco is dumping (literally, in a landfill in New Mexico), 2.6 million dollars worth of good peanut butter!
The back-story here is that Costco purchased 2.8 million dollars worth of Valencia peanuts from Sunland, Incorporated after the company filed for bankruptcy and closed shop due to gross health violations and 41 salmonella cases in 20 states. With that noted, the peanuts and peanut butter had been tested and was found to be fine and healthy.
Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll said he had no other choice after Costco Wholesale refused to take shipment of the Sunland Inc. product and declined requests to let it be donated to food banks or repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food to institutions like prisons.
As the above noted story includes, Costco is refusing to comment on this story.
There is really no logical reason for Costco to destroy the 25 tons of peanut butter. Coll said "all parties agreed there's nothing wrong with the peanut butter from a health and safety issue," but court records show that on a March 19 conference call Costco said "it would not agree to any disposition ... other than destruction."
Now, you might want to play the "what if" game. What if there was a problem with the peanut butter and people became ill considering the reputation of the company the peanuts were purchased from? Wouldn't Costco be held accountable? Aren't they just protecting their corporate butts? No, not really! As is noted throughout the article, the peanut butter had been tested and found to be healthy and safe.
So what we have is a company throwing away 25 tons of peanut butter for no reason and even worse, won't even comment on their actions. When you think about food waste and the amount of people going hungry every day in America, this is truly evil. Peanut Butter is one of the more healthy foods on the market (and not really cheap, as you know if you purchased any lately) but apparently to Costco, it is simply garbage!