Kettle Cuisine reports that, despite Costco Kirkland Signature chicken tortilla soup’s gluten-free label, products purchased after July 28 may have been contaminated with gluten. As such, people with a gluten allergy or sensitivity should steer clear. Consuming gluten with a gluten intolerance can lead to unsavory health implications such as bloating, abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, and brain fog (per Cleveland Clinic).
While Costco is celebrated by people with food allergies for its inclusivity, this is not the first time in recent months that a product listed as gluten-free was discovered to contain the allergen. In July, Gluten Free Watchdog issued a warning on Facebook suggesting that Amylu’s cheddar and beer chicken meatballs, which can be purchased at Costco, were labeled as gluten-free but clearly listed IPA beer (which contains gluten) on the ingredient list.
Customers with a gluten sensitivity who purchased Kirkland Signature chicken tortilla soup from Costco with the lot number 1394066 and a Use By date of 11/23/23 are urged to discard the soup, or otherwise return it at Costco for a full refund.