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Live, dead moths found in Quaker Oats purchased from Costco store

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- “When I scooped out oats from a can, moths were flying out from it, and that really terrifies me,” a consumer said yesterday in Taipei, complaining that he found moths in a pack of Quaker Oats that he bought from a Costco Wholesale Co. branch in New Taipei City last December.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor Chou Wei-yu (周威佑) held a press conference with the consumer, surnamed Tseng, in Taipei City Hall yesterday.

Tseng said that on Dec. 31, 2012 he bought a pack of Quaker Oats in Costco. The pack contained two bags of oats and was imported from the U.S., where it was made. Tseng said he stored half a bag of the oats in a can, and two months later he saw moths fly out from the can.

Tseng said he was terrified and immediately called Costco staff to handle the situation. Costco staff went to his place, Tseng said, and took some oats for testing. Costco has not replied since then, according to Tseng.

City Councilor Chou lashed out at Costco saying the company should examine the product's particular batch order, contact the producer in the U.S., and hold a press conference in Taiwan to explain the situation to consumers.

Chou urged Taipei City's Department of Health to investigate the case and examine the batch.

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This photograph taken yesterday shows dead moths, center, and oats from a bag of Quaker Oats that a consumer bought in Costco Wholesale Co. last December.

(Lauly Li, The China Post)

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