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cbg









  


Post  Mon, Sep 11 2017, 10:16 am
I want to go tomorrow
The Costco by me most probably lost electric
Do you think chicken and fish will be ok to buy.
Don't know if they had a generator.
Need to get ready for the holidays.
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Iymnok









  


Post  Mon, Sep 11 2017, 10:20 am
Why not call and ask?
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cbg









  


Post  Mon, Sep 11 2017, 10:37 am
Just called
They had no generators
How long will I have to wait to buy safe food?
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Sebastian









  


Post  Mon, Sep 11 2017, 1:08 pm
I would keep calling and ask them when they are getting a fresh shipment. I hope it's soon.

I remember by Sandy, it was so difficult without any power and stores open with persihables!
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egam









  


Post  Mon, Sep 11 2017, 1:14 pm
cbg wrote:
Just called
They had no generators
How long will I have to wait to buy safe food?


I do not believe any major chain store would sell food that was without refrigeration. After Sandy all perishables were discarded.
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MagentaYenta









  


Post  Mon, Sep 11 2017, 1:14 pm
cbg wrote:
Just called
They had no generators
How long will I have to wait to buy safe food?


That is a question you should have asked Costco.

I know that my local kosher butcher had a power failure and a generator failure and it was a matter of hours before all the cold cases and coolers were dumped and sanitized. They were operational in 4 hours. Your mileage may vary.
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cbg









  


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 2:29 pm
OP here
I called Costco NMB today.
They say they NOW have generators.
They claim that any damaged perishables were thrown out.
Can I trust this
Can I buy Empire chicken, Kirkland salmon and tilapia, eggs, lox, etc.

OTOH, it's too much for them to risk selling contaminated food.

Would you trust them
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amother




Ginger


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 2:45 pm
I would not trust my local kosher butcher in this situation. I would trust Costco.
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cbg









  


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 3:17 pm
amother wrote:
I would not trust my local kosher butcher in this situation. I would trust Costco.


Ginger, are you in S. FL.
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Sebastian









  


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 4:47 pm
cbg, I would trust Costco. They have too much to lose if they sell contaminated food.

Enjoy your Yom Tov shopping Smile
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Raisin









  


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 4:51 pm
I would trust a big store like costco.

Good luck!!!
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anonymom









  


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 5:19 pm
I hope they have what you need but how could they possibly replace everything so fast? Especially kosher
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MagentaYenta









  


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 9:16 pm
anonymom wrote:
I hope they have what you need but how could they possibly replace everything so fast? Especially kosher


A single grower for Empire can ship 30,000 chickens to one of their slaughter houses in a day. Empire slaughters almost a quarter of a million chickens a week at one PA slaughter operation and almost 30,000 turkeys. They own their own truck fleet driven by their own drivers. Because they have two drivers per truck they have no downtime for mandatory rest periods. Like most slaughter operations they probably own their own freezer blocks for storage and keep a surplus of chicken products there. It takes about 18 hrs to reach Miami from Phila. I don't know where you are but Costco also has large regional warehouses and depots that also have freezer blocks. The logistics are only complicated when it comes to moving product from a depot to a store impacted by the hurricane. It's likely that vehicles carrying emergency items and food resupply to retail stores get specific information as to what roads can be safely driven.
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amother




Ginger


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 9:20 pm
cbg wrote:
Ginger, are you in S. FL.


No. I mean my personal kosher butcher.
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imasinger









  


Post  Tue, Sep 12 2017, 9:25 pm
Costco has a very good return policy. It's highly unlikely they would sell meat and fish that hadn't been adequately refrigerated. But use your nose, and if you have the slightest doubts, take back the package(s) in question and exchange them.
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