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Costco's Kirkland "organic" milk

Posted Wed March 21, 2012 12:00 pm, by Shawnee M. written to Costco Companies, Inc.

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I am an Executive member of Costco in San Diego, Ca.
I have asked your buyer to tell me which Dairy farms are the provider of Costco "Kirkland" brand organic milk. She has declined to provide this information.
It is my strong belief that as a consumer, I should have the right to know exactly where the products I am purchasing, with my hard earned money, are sourced from. I am very disappointed in your lack of transparency in this matter and will strongly consider no longer buying the Kirkland brand, especially items that I am going to be eating and feeding to my family! I can not imagine why you would not want to be as forthcoming as possible with your customers as to where your products are produced. It leads one to suppose that there is something that Costco wishes to hide . This does not instill confidence in the Kirkland brand, or in Costco in general. How can I trust that the answers you give me regarding the milk are honest ones if I you are not forthcoming with the most basic of information, that is ,where does the product derive from ?

In order to maintain customer confidence and satisfaction, I would suggest that you provide information that they require to make informed, intelligent choices!

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration to this matter.



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by Knowledgeispower Posted Mon June 15, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

I agree with you. A consumer should know the source of a product.
Unfortunately, because people can afford a membership at Costco
doesn't mean they are sophisticated enough to understand why knowing
the source of a product is important. I suggest you buy your milk at
a grocery store that proudly lists its providers. You may pay more
and be labeled as a yuppie earth-friendly person, but shopping among
more informed people is worth it!

by ChrisO Posted Wed March 28, 2012 @ 8:22 PM

Hi Shawnee,

You can find out where your milk came from (to a degree) without
Costco telling you. Visit this website
http://www.whereismymilkfrom.com It also works for other dairy

•Chocolate milk
•Soy milk and Organic milk
•Coffee creamer
•Cottage cheese
•Some ice cream
•...and plenty more!

by Applejacker Posted Tue March 27, 2012 @ 1:13 AM

I suppose you would want to know which oil field their gas came from
too? Who knows? There is no individual diary farm that supplies the
millions of gallons of organic milk to Costco or the world. Costco is
highly ethical and very picky about all of their products. With
millions of members, they also do not have the time to respond to
every trivial inquiry. If they say it is organic, it is, plain and
simple, organic and held to the highest standards. There is no
"magical individual dairy farm" where cows frolic and play in the
fields under the sunshine. If you do not trust them, then cancel your
membership, stop shopping there, and buy your "organic" milk from the
grocer down the street for twice the price, who, by the way, buys the
same "organic" milk from the same location(s) as Costco does!


"because I said so" by Kendra K. Sun December 30, 2012 @ 1:20 AM

by cissy Posted Sun March 25, 2012 @ 11:58 AM

You have the option of not buying it.

by Steve OH (IO) Posted Thu March 22, 2012 @ 3:34 PM


You would hope that they'd learned a lesson by now, and that the milk
is truly organic.


Organic is not "certified organic" by McJohn Fri March 23, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

by McJohn Posted Thu March 22, 2012 @ 3:11 PM

What would you do with the info even if they did give it to you?

It probably comes from multiple sources, but even if they said

"sure it comes from Franks all Organic cows and hippy farm"

are you going to visit?


by InsaneShadow Posted Thu March 22, 2012 @ 2:59 PM

Dairy items are not on the list of items which laws or any store
policy I am aware of, dictate lables showing country of origin have to
be on. That said...

If you want to know where your product comes from, purchase a product
that has a label explaining it.


or buy directly from the source n/t by PepperElf Sat March 24, 2012 @ 7:47 PM

by PepperElf Posted Thu March 22, 2012 @ 9:28 AM

If you want to know exactly where your milk comes from I suggest
buying it directly from farmers.

The problem with your request is that you're assuming each jug comes
from the same farm when in fact it may be mixed from several organic
farms so there's no telling exactly which molecule comes from which

so... if this is extremely important... just go to the farm and buy


never mind i see you can track it yourself online. or buy direct again. cool beans on t he link below n/t by PepperElf Thu March 22, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

by Bill R. Posted Wed March 21, 2012 @ 10:50 PM

Shawnee M.,

Using this site might be the long way around a short topic but it
might give you the answers you are looking for:


Good luck and do stop back and let us know what you find out.



How cool is that! by MA Bellamy Thu March 22, 2012 @ 9:59 AM

Thanks. by Bill R. Thu March 22, 2012 @ 5:04 PM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Wed March 21, 2012 @ 7:47 PM

1. She refused your request because she doesn't know.

2. While Costco surely is a more ethical megastore company than Sam's
Club, it's still a megastore. They probably lie. Like Target's
Archer Farms brand lies about being organic (time and time again).

3. Stick to buying your organic foods from companies that focus on
this product, such as Organic Valley, Horizon, etc.


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