Chinese version ( precise meaning )
★ Costco / worst example for businesses
● Apple Daily News (蘋果日報) 1-22-2016: The Green bean in Costco was found by Green Peace (world famous organization) that pesticide residue of Hexaconazole exceeded and was up to 7 times the ;egal standard, pesticide residue of Dimethomorph 68 times the ;egal standard, furthermore, Costco doesn't have any pesticide adm. strategy & policy, and is evaluated the worst demo. or negative example for enterprises ... (四季豆農藥菲克利超標7倍，達滅芬超標68倍，且無農藥管理政策，被認為是最糟企業負面示範...) According to study, excessive Dimethomorph hurts liver, excessive Hexaconazole may cause liver cancer.
● Liberty Times (自由時報) 1-22-2016: it's lousy poisonous! Costco declared their pesticide residue is legitimate for both Taiwan and US law, but Green Peace expressed Costco's agricultural produces were found twice excessive pesticide residue being against Taiwan law and regulation in last year, this time their green beans violated both Taiwan and US regulation (去年二度藥殘留超標，違反台灣法規，此次則同時違反台灣與美國規範)...
● The China Times (中國時報) 1-22-2016: The pesticide residues of Costco green beans were found up to 7 different kinds of pesticides, and Costco is not willing to provide with any specific measures for pesticide adm. issue (具體禁用農藥措施), in contrast, French Carrefour (家樂福）or 全聯 do better and are willing to protect consumers rights for food safety...
Pic: It's poisonous! The pesticide residue of Green bean in Costco was found 68 times the legal standard. / The China Times, Liberty Times, 1-22-2016
★ Costco used black-heart containers , The Liberty Times, 12-11-2016
Those black-heart containers were made of recycled PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, which is against the law & regulations.
★ Costco discriminates cancer patients , Apple Daily (蘋果日報) 5-15-2016
Costco forced a cancer patient losing hair for recurrence to change a new member card with a new photo because Costco doesn't accept that patient's explanation and alternative - check by her ID card, <Consumers' Foundation> (消基會財團法人中華民國消費者文教基金會) criticized Costco does not care about consumer's dignity and honor (『不顧消費者尊嚴』).
★ Costco's Quaker oats contains Glyphosate (synthetic biocide) , China Times Weekly 6-3-2016 ~ 6-9-2016
Quaker oats imported from USA contains Glyphosate (synthetic biocide) which may increase risk of getting cancer.
★ Costco recalls CRF organic frozen foods ( 5-4-2016 ~ 4-26-2016) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, elder people...
|★ moth body and ovum eggs were found in Costco oats 6/11/2013|
The Liberty Times, Taiwan (June 11, 2013): moth
and ovum eggs were found in Costco Quaker oats (4.52kg package).
Tseng said one moth flied out of one of his Quaker oats bags bought from
Costco (中和branch) when he opened it. Later he also found some
unknown eggs and moth inside the bag.
|complaints to Costco|
Omega watches - Exclusive news
If you only concern about Omega's price, Omega official stores in the US offered better prices than Costco Taiwan Neihu.
Costco Neihu has Omega available now, but their prices seems not as cheap as those reported by Taiwan's local news years ago - Costco USA sells Omega with low price so as to have legal case with Omega...
Below is one among several email-replies from Omega official stores in the US. (end of 2011) as your ref.:
The current retail price is $2,300 for the Seamaster Professional 300M in blue dial with quartz movement and this is referred to the James Bone watch. There are two size available, either 36.25mm or 41mm...
Omega SeaMaster quartz in the US offcial stores only ask USD 2300 (2011/2012) - about NT70,000
|AFP||ps: AFP (France), Mar. 6, 2012: For "unable to document any legitimate food safety risk and used non-scientific reasons to justify their bans", Taiwan plans to lift ban on most drug-treated US beef, but internal organs from cattle containing ractopamine and ractopamine-treated pork products will still be banned. In 2006 Taipei relaxed the rules to permit imports of boneless beef. Till nowadays US meat with ractopamine, is still banned in China and the European Union.|
Taiwanese government found Costco and RT-mart sold beef/steaks containing residue of banned chemical stuff ― Paylean, lean-meat-enhancing drugs (belong to B-agonist, i.e., Ractopamine, Clenbuterol, etc ).
Taiwanese health authorities ordered Costco and RT-mart to remove all remaining beef products (that tested positive for Paylean) from shelves, but Costco ( 6 stores/branches ) had already sold out almost all of those beef/steaks .
Why can those beef be imported to Taiwan ? Taiwan's government confessed they didn't check every box.
How can people tell which is dangerous beef/steak? The answer is you can't tell just by their look.
Costco's banned-drug beef news by media
★ <Taipei Times> Taiwan, Jan 16, 2011
3 beef products were found leanness drugs ...RT-mart with a reading of 0.64 ppb, ... COSTCO ... 1.46 ppb and 2.84 ppb. (Costco is about 3 times the test-value of RT-mart)
★ <China Times> Taiwan, Jan 16, 2011
3 out of 11 randomly selected sampling in regular check were found lean-meat-enhancing drugs, Such a high ratio (nearly 30%) scares Taiwanese ― "where's eating safety in Taiwan?" ...... Taiwanese Department of Health didn't order to remove remaining beef products with banned drugs as soon as they informed the public of the issue, and DOH has no idea about the source even till next day noon ...
★ <Liberty Times> Taiwan, Jan 16, 2011
◎ Headline of Life News : Banned drugs in beef probably had already been eaten by consumers/customers.
◎ Taiwan's Department of Health declared again and again .... but if DOH had not made such simple chemical tests, none to mention to make comparatively complicated tests (e.g., 普立昂變性蛋白) ....
★ <United Daily News> Taiwan, Jan 16, 2011
◎ Europe ( same as Taiwan ) bans beef products containing lean-meat-enhancing drugs.
◎ Headline of Focus edition : Costco and RT Mart removed all banned drugs beef from shelves.
★ <TVBS> Taiwan (headquarter in Hong Kong) , Jan 15, 2011 9:00 ~
The US sold beef products without banned drugs to Europe, but not to Taiwan.
★ <the China Post> Taiwan, Jan 16, 2011
Tests confirmed banned drugs in US beef, AIT urges Taiwan to allow ractopamine in meat legally.
★ <Apple Daily News> Taiwan, Jan 16, 2011
Headline of Prime news : US beef products in Costco, RT-mart contain Paylean.
★ <the China Times> Taiwan, Jan 21, 2011
Taiwan's law was ignored again and again .... it's too much !
★ <ETTV> (channel 57, 9:00 ~ ) Taiwan, Jan 20, 2011
160+ countries banned Paylean, US allows minor Paylean, but American only eat meat, Taiwanese eat every part of them (liver, heart, etc organs...), the rest part contains banned drugs more than 20 times than meat itself... (ps: That's the difference !)
(banned drugs in beef may result in Palpitation etc, and even serious
Pic. Ranking No.1 on google by "Comment Taiwan Costco" in Chinese, test at 10-7-2015
Pic. "comment Costco Taiwan" ranks No.1 on English Yahoo, tested at June 2, 2014
However, This US Corp. in Taiwan (Nei Hu) is not very democratic and modern (seems to me) - since 1995 there's no "questions & comments" email-box provided for customers, unlike COSTCO USA "Back to basics". Costco Taiwan said (via the phone, 2010 ) that customers can drive ( long way for me) to drop a letter to their suggestion-box in NeiHu, this reminds me an old western cartoon of satire & humor : suggestion box is hanged in a high place .
Below please find some examples :
(1) VitaMix blender in Costco Taiwan is asking about USD 800, compare model 5200 blender in USA for only USD449.
http://www.vita-mix.com or https://secure.vitamix.com/acb/stores/4/Vita-Mix-5200-P748C108.aspx
Besides, Costco's Vitamix is made for Taiwanese or Asian only, not same as Vitamix 5200 in Costco USA.
(2) As for steaks imported from USA, Costco's tag price is not the lowest.
RT-Mart offers NT 29.9(about USD0.95) per 100g, for
steak imported from USA,
(3) Costco's Centrum is made for Taiwanese (or Asian?) too, not those sold in USA or some international airports. (I cannot find many items for elders in Nei-hu, like <supports alertness & short-term memory>)
(4) Ralph Lauren POLO clothes and pants is more expensive than some widely-known "outlet" garment shops in Taipei, Macau (Trav. Praia Grande; Avenida de D. Joao IV), China (Shanghai Taobao City, XiangYang Market, but I heard 90+% of them are fake ones, and many other places like GuangZou, Zhuhai ), etc.
Ralph Lauren official
outlet online, Macy's (USA) clearance sale and some others
provide with good-price, more assorted products,
i.e., Macys is offering Ralph Lauren Andrew Stretch Lorduroy for big & tall, original price USD 125 down to USD24.99,
Shirt - Batik Striped Henley USD 98 down to USD 41.99. May 15, 2010
i.e., Ralph Lauren POLO outlet online offers 35 categories : Suits, Ties, belts, outwear, coats, leather goods, accessories, hats, etc. Costco Taiwan has
comparatively a lot smaller items to sell.
RL POLO outlet online
Omega is bringing a suit case against Costco for selling their products, but I don't see any Omega watches in Costco Neihu here.
(6) CostCo Taiwan doesn't have online products , but Costco USA and Canada do. see below :
|COSTCO USA Florida||http://www.costco.com/Warehouse/LocationTemplate.aspx?Warehouse=184|
(7) <Fast Company> described Costco as an enterprise thinking highly of customers (higher than Costco stock-holders), but, Costco Taiwan Neihu doesn't have any email-box for customer's suggestion and communication since 1995, in contrast, Carrefour Taiwan, RT-Mart Taiwan, and Costco USA all do have.
(8) I only saw small number of top
brand sport-shoes (for running, basketball, etc,
May 2010 ) in aisles of merchandise stacked floor-to-ceiling.
Costco sells less than 4000 kinds of products, others ( major rivals are RT-Mart of Taiwan and China, French Carrefour ) are between 40000
and 80000 .
(9) Costco declares giving U.S.
merchandise a local twist, but NeiHu store only has some sushi,
I don't see (middle May '10) any fresh
sashimi (raw fish slices), which is most favorite food in all 5 star hotels (all-you-can-eat-buffet) in Taiwan.
(10) Quite many items Costco sells are large-packed, if you don't have a large refrigerator, probably better choose RT-mart or Carrefour nearby.
( reported in 2010, for precise translation pls. refer to Chinese version web-pages )
ps: (1) Omega watches available now in Costco, but price is not about half price as news reported several years ago.
Costco legal events
Costco imported sausage suspect to be contain Salmonella
CNA (Central News Agency)
Published: 2010-01-26 09:18 PM
Costco's exclusive, US imported DANIELE Italian-style sausage is suspected to be polluted by Salmonella, Costco informed the related authority and members to return the goods.
Taiwan government stated the 283G×3PK goods looks abnormal, Costco is informing customers by telephone or email.
COSTCO sells false NuBraAug. 16, '05 Apple Daily News, Taiwan
Two Costco stores in Taiwan
were accused by NuBra (brought a law suit by Mr. Jasper Chang) for
selling low quality NuBra which is imported directly from Costco USA,
instead of being imported from NuBra company.
to be continued
PS: Liberty Times , Feb. 13, 2012: Carrefour and RT-Mart in Neihu were found by Taiwan's government that their beef imported from the US contain banned drug, Ractopamine.
article ref : www.cw.com.tw , The Wall Street Journal, Apple Daily News, and Chinese magazine 《經理人月刊》 facial palsy