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Kirkland Bacon Bits are Dangerous

Posted Mon July 18, 2011 12:00 pm, by Dennis A. written to Costco Companies, Inc.

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We have been buying your Kirkland Bacon Bits for some time. However, this last bag had a bacon bit that was so hard it split one of my teeth in half. The dentist tried to save it, but ultimate had to pull the tooth and prepare me for an implant.

If I had insurance, this probably wouldn't be such a big deal. But I don't, and now I have to find a way to come up with the $4-$6,000 required to get all the work done to fix my tooth.

Recommendations / Requests:

First, double - even triple check the quality of the bacon bits from your supplier OR -- perhaps better yet -- stop selling this item before someone else encounters the same problem I did.

In addition, any financial assistance for my dental work would be appreciated, especially since it was YOUR product that caused the damage.


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by Ms. Angie Posted Sat January 16, 2016 @ 12:15 PM

It's doesn't sound like it was the bacon bits that broke your tooth.
It's like saying just because I drove your car around the block that I
should be liable for you tire that went flat by no fault of my owns.
If you had good tires on the car instead of tires that had no threads
and was bald.

by Dennis A. Posted Mon August 8, 2011 @ 12:52 AM

Hi, Everyone! Thanks for all the great questions and comments! I
wasn't aware these even existed till I just now checked the website.
Is there any way to get an email notification when questions or
comments are posted?

Anyway, on to your questions and comments ...

First, for years I have had regular check-ups every 6 months at a
periodontist office -- with annual x-rays, of course. I use a
periodontist office because I feel they are more capable of
discovering when something may be going wrong (e.g., early

In all those years, every exam has been perfect - not even a cavity.
In fact, I had just had an office visit 3 months prior to this event,
and will be going back in about 2 weeks. I *did* have a crown put in
about 10 years ago, but that was a back bottom molar; this was the 3rd
molar in from the back on the top.

One of you asked what I was eating -- it was a basic salad made of
lettuse, cheeze, onion and the bacon bits. I may have had some
croutons as well, but the kind we buy basically dissolve once they get
wet, so there was no other crunchy foods in the salad. Oh, and I used
a fork -- not a spoon.

Regarding the cost of the implant, I'm only going by what my regular
dentist and the endodontist I was sent to for emergeny extraction
said. If the cost is less, that would be outstanding. (Unfortunately,
my periodontist was closed at the time, or I would have gone there

Another asked if I could prove it, and the only thing I have is a
witness - my girlfriend who was there at the time this happened. Due
to the pain (and drool, unfortunately), I ran to the sink and spit
everything out. There was no doubt it was the bacon bit, but at the
time, I did not think to keep it.

It was weeks after that that I found this website, and since it's not
in my nature to take legal measures (especially in today's
lawsuit-happy society), I honestly didn't think anything about it. My
dentist and the endodontist each took x-rays, so those are available
as well.

So, I wrote this in hopes of a)making the public aware, and b)to
[hopefully] get CostCo to review the product's quality. If they are
kind enough to 'do the right thing' and help with my expenses, great.
But I'm not going to lose sleep over it if they don't. I will
undoubtedly continue to shop there, too --- less the bacon bits, of

Again, Thanks for all the great questions and comments!

by sarahsmile Posted Sat July 23, 2011 @ 7:59 PM

If you decide to go with this complaint, the company may just reqiure
you to see one of their Dentist. Are they going to find a mouth full
of rotten or damaged teeth?

How can you prove it was the bacon bit that broke your tooth? Because
it was the only hard thing that you were eating at the time?

Prove it.


i saw one person break a tooth on a cookie. not because the cookie was bad but because the tooth was bad n/t by PepperElf Sat July 23, 2011 @ 10:56 PM

by Applejacker Posted Wed July 20, 2011 @ 1:19 AM

I have a feeling your tooth was already falling apart and happened to
do so while eating....hmmm...were you eating a bag of bacon bits with
a spoon at the time? Unlikely.. What else was involved at the time of
the "incident"? Ben and Jerry's? KFC? Croutons R Us?You failed to
include any details that may substantiate your "claim".


Agreed by MA Cunningham Fri July 22, 2011 @ 11:48 AM

by RedheadwGlasses Posted Tue July 19, 2011 @ 1:10 PM

My friend who manages a dental office says you got ripped off to the
tune of a few thousand dollars.

Also: For all you know, this tooth was compromised already.

You do know there's not meat in those bacon bits, right?


costs for implants by tali Wed July 20, 2011 @ 2:49 AM

Costs for implants by franese Wed July 20, 2011 @ 1:25 PM

no meat in bacon bits? by Chadg Thu July 21, 2011 @ 8:07 AM

Nope by RedheadwGlasses Thu July 21, 2011 @ 7:06 PM

These are Real by Applejacker Fri July 29, 2011 @ 12:56 AM

by Bill R. Posted Mon July 18, 2011 @ 4:25 PM

Dennis A.,

We all feel your pain.

4 - 6k for one tooth? Sounds high but what do I know.

Have you looked around to see if there is a Dental School near you or
within a day's drive that might be able to give you an assist?

Good luck.



not for an implant by The Original Nethead Mon July 18, 2011 @ 5:02 PM

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